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Winter Journal

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  4,339 Ratings  ·  561 Reviews

From the bestselling novelist and author of The Invention of Solitude, a moving and highly personal meditation on the body, time, and language itself

"That is where the story begins, in your body, and everything will end in the body as well.

Facing his sixty-third winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster sits down to write a history of his body and its sensa

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Henry Holt And Co (first published 2011)
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Jacob J.
Mar 29, 2015 Jacob J. rated it it was amazing

You think about that already, at twenty-five, how many people have not made it to this point, and what’s more, how many people were never born at all; how many single cells who, if only they had won the genetic lottery instead of you, may have written something more timeless than The Odyssey, discovered elusive cures for what ails humanity, or on the flip side, to be fair, destroyed more lives than Pol Pot. It is useless to speculate on these matters because time is unconcerned with what might h
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أحمد جابر


في انتظاري لكتاب اختراع العزلة لبول أوستر، وجدت أنه يمكن استغلال هذا الوقت لقراءة أعمال أخرى غيره، شدّني غلاف حكاية الشتاء فبدأت به رحلتي الأولى مع الكاتب الأمريكي.

في هذا الكتاب يتحدث بول أوستر مع بول أوستر آخر، يتحدث مع نفسه بصيغة المخاطب، وقد اعتدنا أنه إذا أراد أحد ما كتابة شيء عن نفسه فإنه يستخدم صيغة المتكلم. يتراءى للقارئ أن بول أوستر الكاتب أو المتحدث يقف أمام المرآة مخاطباً انعكاس صورته، أو نسخة أخرى منه تقف بجانبه، فيخبره بماضيه وذكرياته حتى وصوله إلى هذه اللحظة.

عندما بدأت بالكتاب لم أ
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Jill
Mar 24, 2015 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
The first hint we have of what Paul Auster has in store for us is the title itself: Winter Journal, not Winter Memoir. Memoirs – the best of them – are not personal narratives, but rather plot lines or themes that bind moments together. Journals – or diaries – are far more intimate and, one might say, confessional.

The second hint is the tense that Paul Auster uses: second person, not first. Throughout the journal, he consistently uses “you”; it is the author having a conversation with his younge
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عبدالله ناصر
May 19, 2016 عبدالله ناصر rated it really liked it

أوستر يشرب نخب شتائه في هذه المذكرات التي يطفو عليها الحزن والقلق و يحكي فيها عن طفولته وعن جسده والكدمات التي تعرض لها وعن المشاجرات التي خاضها وعن القبلة الأولى وعن فقدانه عذريته ورحلاته في الولايات المتحدة وسنواته في فرنسا وحياته الأدبية الأولى كشاعر وعن المساكن والبيوت التي تنقّل بينها طوال حياته وعن الفتيات اللاتي عشقهن وعن زواجه الأول الفاشل وعن والدته. هنا حياة كبيرة جداً تحكى بطريقة رائعة جداً.
Perihan
Sep 29, 2016 Perihan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Eğer becerebiliyorsa, bir insanın muhtemelen en büyük başarısı, sevilebilir bir kişi olarak ölmesidir."

Kitabı çok beğenerek okudum. Yazarı tanımak adına , bu kitabın okunması gerek bence.

Bu anı kitabını okuduktan sonra, yazarın kaleme aldığı tüm kitapları okuma isteği uyandı içimde:)
İlk olarak ,bu kitapta da yazılma anıları geçen , Yalnızlığın Keşfi ' ni okucağım inşallah...
Cynthia
Aug 04, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Winter Journal is written in the second person. Though I can understand why he wrote his memoir this way it felt awkward to have the word ‘you’ in almost every sentence. Writing in the second person just sounds contrived to me. I know a lot of people dislike it but I thought “Winter Journal” would have read much easier in the first person which I believe is more conventional for personal essays. Knowing Auster that’s probably exactly why he didn’t take the path most traveled.

I enjoyed his refer
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Paul Auster, I am almost sure, hasn't read the last book I reviewed here at goodreads: "Mental Efficiency" by Arnold Bennett, despite his boast that he and his wife have thousands of books on their shelves. Having reached the age of 64, and with a seemingly constant intimation of mortality (HIS mortality), Paul Auster steps aside for a while to look at himself and the life he has lived so far. He quotes Joubert: "The end of life is bitter." And then another one by Joubert: "One must die lovable ...more
Paria:D
Sep 06, 2016 Paria:D rated it really liked it
خاطرات زمستان؛
هميشه فكر ميكردم زندگي نامه ها بايد بسيار كسل كننده و طاقت فرسا باشند.اين كتاب اولين زندگي نامه ايست كه خواندم. در ابتدا مجذوب و شيفته ي آن! البته از حق نگذريم احساس من به اين نويسنده نقش انكار ناپذيري داشت چراكه او را متعلق به خود ميدانم و جايگاهش از ميان همگان برايم خاص است چون خودم او را بطور احساسي كشف كرده ام. اما در اواسط كتاب كم كم از پنج ستاره دادن منصرف شدم هرچند كمي جلوترباز همان نويسنده ي جذاب خودم شد.اما سرنوشت هر انسان، يك داستان واقعي است. داستاني كه هرچند ممكن است در
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Tony
Aug 31, 2012 Tony rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
WINTER JOURNAL. (2012). Paul Auster. **.
I used to be a reader and collector of Paul Auster’s works. Now I use my local library’s system and am just a reader after my disappointment in his last few books. It looks as though I’m on my way to not becoming a reader any more, too. This, his latest, is his stab at an autobiography/life journal written in the second person. He starts off with his earliest memories – admitting that they might be memories told to him by his relatives – and moves on up t
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M. Sarki
Feb 02, 2014 M. Sarki rated it really liked it
http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/7535931...

There were never any kids in my grade school with missing limbs. Actually, I don’t remember any throughout my entire K-12 educational ordeal. Looking back all these years hence, the only “physical” disabilities I can remember were a couple kids older than me sporting the metal leg braces because of childhood polio or something of the sort. It wasn’t something we asked about or stared at too intently. These boys wore these braces for a few years and then it
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Bert
Mar 25, 2012 Bert rated it it was amazing
At the age of 64 Auster decides to write a journal about his own physical history, as if his own body were writing a memoir of being Paul Auster, which is quite touching don't you think? He recalls the cuts, bruises, kisses, panic attacks, intimacies, illnesses, and near fatalities that have made up his physical life. He recalls the houses and the rooms he has inhabited. Lots of snow storms. It is a book swamped with deaths, ponderings on his own death, remembrances of his mother's death in part ...more
Israel Carlock
Oct 21, 2012 Israel Carlock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es el primer libro que leo de este autor, y la experiencia ha sido enriquecedora. No pienso que haya leído a un extraño, a alguien ajeno, la sensacion se asemeja más a encontrarse a un hijo de vecino del que no habia sabido nunca nada ni preguntado nada y de buenas a primeras cuenta de forma personal el transcurrir de su vida, sin más interés de compartir lo humano que todos tenemos. Hace que el lector se sienta dentro del protagonista y del autor, de los dos a la vez. Es una prosa simple, senci ...more
Amene
Mar 10, 2016 Amene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paul-auster, 2016
نبوغ استر به نظرم در نوشتن باید بعدها مثل مغز اینشتین مورد مطالعه قرار بگیرد،اخر چطور یک نفر همه ی کتاب هایش پرکشش و خواندنی است؟!
Bob Mustin
Aug 09, 2012 Bob Mustin rated it really liked it
You pick up memoir such as this one expecting...what? A life laid out chronologically? The failures of parenting - yours and that of your parents? Confessions and dirty linen? The titillation of romantic escapades? Saucy comments about other writers, editors, or reviewers? The summation of a life lived well or poorly?

Auster gives you some of that, but what stands out to you is the writing: the fluid, run-on style in which sentences can last half a page, paragraphs that go on interminably, but wi
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Ahmad Sharabiani
خاطرات زمستان
پل استر: «سه گانه نیویورک»، «هیولا»، «مردی در تاریکی»، «مون پالاس»، «کشور آخرینها»، «کتاب اوهام»، «شب پیشگویی» و ... از رمانهای ایشان هستند. پیش از این کتاب دو بیوگرافی و زندگینامه از خود منتشر کرده، که سومین آنها همین کتاب است. دو زندگینامه پیشین، «بخور و نمیر»، و «اختراع انزوا» درباره اشتباهها و شکستهای نویسنده بودند، اما سومین زندگینامه خودنوشت، درباره گذر عمر و نزدیک شدن «استر» به سالهای پیری شت. او زمان را رقیبی بیرحم میداند. و در کتاب، نگاهی به ذهن، بدن و خلاقیت خویش، در گذر ز
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Wafa
"جميعنا غرباء بالنسبة لذواتنا، وإذا امتلكنا حسا يشير إلى ماهيتنا ويعرّف بنا، يمكن حصول ذلك لسبب واحد فقط الا وهو كوننا نعيش في عيون الآخرين"

بول أوستر


قرر أوستر أن يرى نفسه بعينيه هو دون النظر في عيني الآخرين ليعرف ذاته
بحث في سني عمره عن كل ما يمكن أن يشير إلى ماهيته .. بحث طويلا ودقيقا ليخرج لنا بحكاية شتائه

حكاية شتاء بول أوستر
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أدرك أوستر أنه واقف الآن أمام الباب الذي سيدخله إلى شتاء
عمره .. فقرر أن يفكر طويلا وأن يعيش شتاء عامه الثالث والستين في مكتبه
ليكتب لنا حكايا عمره

لن تشعر
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Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
"I tuoi piedi scalzi sul pavimento freddo mentre scendi dal letto e vai alla finestra. Hai sessantaquattro anni. Fuori l'aria è grigia, quasi bianca, il sole non si vede. Ti domandi: quante mattine restano?
Una porta si è chiusa. Un'altra si è aperta.
Sei entrato nell'inverno della tua vita."

Paul Auster è uno scrittore affermato. Ma il successo non lo esime dalla sua umanità. L'onestà intellettuale gli impone di raccontarsi per quel che è. Non ci sono abbellimenti. Lui è un essere umano, casualme
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مهران نجفی
Sep 22, 2013 مهران نجفی rated it it was amazing
گهگاه عقاب راه گم کردهای بر بام مینشست، اما بیشتر مرغان دریایی، کلاغها و سارها به دیدنتان میآمدند. یک روز عصر یک کبوتر سرخرنگ بیرون پنجرهات نشست، (به رنگ ماهی سالامون بود با لکههای سپید) جوجهای نوپرواز و زخمی که بیپروا و کنجکاو بود و دور چشمان عجیبش خطی سرخرنگ داشت. پس از اینکه تو و نامزدت یک هفته از او مراقبت کردید، آنقدر خوب شد که بتواند بار دیگر پرواز کند، اما تا چندین ماه هر روز به بام آپارتمان باز میگشت. عاقبت نامزدت برایش نامی برگزید؛ جویی. معنیاش این بود که جوبیی کبوتر خانگی شده بود، یک ه ...more
Nada EL Shabrawi
من أجمل و أصدق و أمتع السير الذاتية اللي قرأتها في حياتي, لم أتعرف على بول أوستر الروائي بعد و لكني حتماً بعد السيرة العظيمة دي هبدأ أعتبره من كُتابي المفضلين :)

يُنصح بها .
Rana Abid
Jan 17, 2016 Rana Abid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
مملة :/
Paul Gleason
Nov 01, 2012 Paul Gleason rated it really liked it
Let me begin by stating the obvious: Paul Auster is one of the greatest living writers of English prose. His sentences are so good that they're almost contradictory. They contain both a seamless architectonic structure AND a musicality that make ANY book that he writes a privilege to read and a reminder of the possibilities of the English language.

Winter Journal is another of Auster's nonfiction texts - and, to my mind, it's his second best, right behind the absolutely brilliant and life-changin
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Dave
Sep 09, 2012 Dave rated it really liked it
Paul Auster was my favorite author when I was in my 20s, especially when I was living in New York City. Reading his stories made me feel like someone nearby understood my loneliness, or maybe even that someone felt worse than I did. His characters often took extreme actions that frightened and fascinated me.

Now, 20 years later, we both have aged, and I read this journal in a weekend (far more rapidly than I usually read). "Winter Journal" provided a window into Auster's life that was both compel
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Kitty-Wu
¿Pero cómo te va a gustar Paul Auster a ti, si me escribe a mí? Escribe para mí, me cuenta cosas a mi, de la manera que sabe que me gusta, con una intimidad especial… es por eso que me gusta Paul Auster. Es por eso que me gusta escriba lo que escriba. Y si encima escribe sobre si mismo, pues me gusta dos veces más. Porque también me gusta como persona (lo poco que se puede saber de una persona a través de lo leído en entrevistas y sobretodo, el rastro que deja de si mismo en sus libros).

En esta
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Oscar
Feb 29, 2012 Oscar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Más que una novela biográfica (que lo es), este ‘Diario de invierno’ de Paul Auster es un compendio de recuerdos, vivencias y pensamientos, que como si de postales se tratase, son relatados de manera fragmentada pero apasionante.

Paul Auster escribió este diario en el invierno 2010-11, y lo terminó coincidiendo con su cumpleaños que es el 3 de febrero, cuando cumplió 64 años. ‘Diario de invierno’ es por tanto una revisión de lo que hasta ese momento fue la vida de Auster. No se trata de una biogr
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Anna
Aug 09, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2012
This was the first novel that I have read by Paul Auster even though I have always been intrigued by his other books. I enjoyed Winter Journal and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is intrigued/curious or would like to know more about Paul Auster. Initially, I was a little put off about the style of writing as he does write this novel in second person. While it is a little disconcerting at first, I quickly found myself adjusting. My favourite part of the novel is probably when he was g ...more
Jim
Nov 20, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
I hadn't been familiar with Paul Auster's work before I heard an interview with Terry Gross on 'Fresh Air' - but I've found a new soul mate and I shall be reading more.

'Winter Journal' is an entertaining, somber, funny and sensitive memoir, with philosophical ruminations that address a wide range of episodes and aspects of his life from childhood to the present, through his world travels and many addresses: from soul-shaking, life-altering chance encounters, horrible accidents, illnesses, and ne
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Chris Dietzel
Dec 28, 2015 Chris Dietzel rated it really liked it
This was excellent and rivals Auster's best fiction in terms of how engrossing it was. I listened to the audiobook version, narrated by Auster himself, and was pleasantly surprised by how great of a job he did. Writers reading their own books is usually not a good idea, but Auster is one of two writers I can think of (Richard Ford is the other) whose already great books are even better when you hear them read it because they do such a good job of conveying the tone behind what they are writing a ...more
Entisar Radhi
Aug 06, 2016 Entisar Radhi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ممل جدا
René  Llatas Trejo
Como si no hubiera leído nada de él y no tuviera idea de su existencia, como si hubiera encontrado uno de sus libros abandonado en una playa, en un descampado, en la banca de un parque, o como si lo hubiera elegido al azar en una feria de libro viejo, en una librería, en la casa de un amigo: los libros que vienen a nosotros por una fatalidad, que muchas veces me ha sucedido, voy a hablar de Diario de invierno, el libro de Paul Auster publicado por Anagrama.

Entonces me encuentro con un escritor q
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Report from the Interior, Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Ac ...more
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“You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.” 89 likes
“You can't see yourself. You know what you look like because of mirrors and photographs, but out there in the world, as you move among your fellow human beings, whether strangers or friends or the most intimate beloveds, your own face is invisible to you. You can see other parts of yourself, arms and legs, hands and feet, shoulders and torso, but only from the front, nothing of the back except the backs of your legs if you twist them into the right position, but not your face, never your face, and in the end - at least as far as others are concerned - your face is who you are, the essential fact of your identity. Passports do not contain pictures of hands and feet. Even you, who have lived inside your body for sixty-four years now, would probably be unable to recognize your foot in an isolated photograph of that foot, not to speak of your ear, or your elbow, or one of your eyes in close-up. All so familiar to you in the context of the whole, but utterly anonymous when taken piece by piece. We are all aliens to ourselves, and if we have any sense of who we are, it is only because we live inside the eyes of others.” 44 likes
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