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The Red Notebook

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The Red Notebook

The cover of the first edition (published by Faber & Faber)

The Red Notebook is the first of a collection of stories in four parts written by American author Paul Auster. These include The Red Notebook (1995), Why Write? (1996), Accident Report (1999) and It Don't Mean a Thing (2000). They are true stories gathered from Auster's life as well as the lives of his friends and acquaintances and they have all one thing in common: the paradox of coincidence. Auster narrates things he writes about in his fiction, making one wonder if he's really telling the truth. Implying that everything and everyone is somehow, mysteriously, connected to each other.

Auster tells about the wrong number that inspired him to write City of Glass, about how he met his childhood hero Willie Mays, but didn't have a pencil with him to get his autograph and how during all four flat tires of his life he had the same passenger in the car with him.

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