The writer Siri Hustvedt, widow of Paul Auster, says she was “stolen” the announcement of her husband’s death

The writer Siri Hustvedt, widow of Paul Auster, says she was “stolen” the announcement of her husband’s death
The writer Siri Hustvedt, widow of Paul Auster, says she was “stolen” the announcement of her husband’s death

Siri Hustvedt, American novelist and essayist who lost her husband Paul Auster on Tuesday, said Thursday that she was fly her dignity when a friend of the couple first announced to the “New York Times” the death of the New York writer.

I was naive, but I imagined that I would be the person to announce the death of my husband, Paul Auster“, stormed Siri Hustvedt on her Instagram account, who revealed her husband’s lung cancer in March 2023.

Paul Austerpassed away this evening, at home, surrounded by his loved ones“, including Siri Hustvedt and their daughter Sophie Auster, of complications from lung cancer at the age of 77, the New York daily revealed Tuesday just before midnight, citing a family friend, the author and American journalist Jacki Lyden.This dignity has been stolen from us. I don’t know the whole story but I know this: it’s wrong“, denounced Ms. Hustvedt, 69 years old, author of numerous novels and essays like Blindfolded And A summer without men.

Paul Auster is “died at home (in Brooklyn) in a room he loved, the library (…) with us, surrounded by his family, April 30, 2024 at 6:58 p.m.“, specifies the poet and philosopher on Instagram. “I discovered shortly after, that even before his body was taken away, news of his death was circulating in the media and obituaries were being published. Neither me, nor our daughter Sophie, nor our son-in-law Spencer, nor my sisters whom Paul loved like his own sisters and who were there when he died, have had time to realize the pain of this loss.“, protests Siri Hustvedt.

None of us were able to call or email our loved ones before the online auction started.“, she complains. Siri Hustvedt revealed in March 2023 the lung cancer from which Paul Auster suffered.

At the end of August, in a poignant message on Instagram, accompanied by photos of the young couple, she lamented that her husband had not “left Cancerland” and that'”old now”her childhood, youth, adulthood be behind him. “Paul never left Cancerland. In the words of (philosopher Sören) Kierkegaard, it was from illness to death“, concludes Siri Hustvedt, citing the title of a treatise by the 19th century Danish theologian.

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