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|Title:||The Labyrinth and the Locked Room: Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy|
|Publisher:||Padova, Editoriale Programma|
|Abstract:||In this novel The New York Trilogy (1987), Paul Auster fictionally explores the contradictions and ambiguities of contemporary postmodern reality. The protagonists of the three stories find themselves in a New York that becomes the emblem of the postmodern space: an unknowable and infinitely fragmented labyrinth they got lost into. As they have the ontological necessity to know and define the "real", their environment, they start a "cognitive mapping" that makes them experience gnoseological relativity, their own labyrinthine consciousness. The Narrator (who maintains to be the narrator of all the three sections) offers a solution to the chaos of their postmodern condition, synthesizing the metaphor of a locked room as a physical and mataphysical place of (self-)consciousness, (self-)knowledge and creativity.|
|Appears in Collections:||Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie occidentale|
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