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Title: The Labyrinth and the Locked Room: Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy
Authors: Righi, Robeto
Issue Date: 2002
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11707/3196
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