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An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber. With no memory of who he is or how he has arrived there, he pores over the relics on the desk, examining the circumstances of his confinement and searching his own hazy mind for clues. Determining that he is locked in, the man-identified only as Mr. Blank-begins reading a manuscript he finds on the desk, the story ...more
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Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All established Auster Fans
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Bill  Kerwin

Light-weight meta-fiction. Not much going on here really, but--as always with Auster--his style makes it worthwhile.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Δεν καταλαβαινω γιατι εχει σχετικα χαμηλη βαθμολογια αυτο το βιβλιο..το βρηκα ευφυεστατο, κυλαει πολυ γρηγορα και ειναι ενα βιβλιο "χαρακτηριστικο" του Auster.δε μπορω να πω παραπανω πραγματα χωρις να προδωσω σημαντικα στοιχεια της πλοκης και της τελικης λυσης.μπαινει στα αγαπημενα μου του Auster.

Αφου δε μπορουμε να διαβασουμε το καινουριο του(εκτος και αν κανω κανεναν ερανο), ας πορευτουμε με τα παλια...😏😏
May 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read and enjoyed other Auster books
First things first: I am an Auster fan. I’m not sure I’d have been able to enjoy this book were I unfamiliar with his work. Yes, its gotten mixed reviews. Yes, it is self-referential. (Honestly, is this a surprise to anyone? Get over it.) Worth reading for Auster-philes? Without a doubt.

The issues Auster takes on in this novella (really, it’s only about 150 pages) are familiar to his readers: questions of identity, memory, the nature of narrative, among others. The writing is tighter, more comp
Mohammad Ali
بدون حواشی باید بگم داستان درنیومده بود. فضا و امکانات فضا می تونست یه داستان خوب ازش دربیاد اما نشد که بشه. از همون اول تا اون آخر واکنش های این بابا در اون اتاق تو ذوق من می زد - مثلا اینکه این همه کله ملق زد اما آخرش نرفت سمت در

تا اونجا که من دیدم در دو جای کتاب چند بند حذف شدن به دلیل محتوای جنسیشون - یکی موقع حموم بردن بلنک توسط آنا و دیگری موقع سروکله زدن با سوفی. چند جمله ی دیگر هم به همین دلیل حذف شده اند. البته عجیب آنکه باد معده هم از حذفیات است

ترجمه قطعا نیاز به ویرایش داره. همین الان
غيث حسن
يقول اي بي وايت: إن الكاتب الذي ينتظر تحقق الظروف المثالية ليكتب، سوف يموت قبل أن يضع كلمة واحدة على ورقة.
لا تقرأ هذه الرواية ما لم تكن كاتبا أو لديك نية في التأليف مستقبلا، غالبا هذه الرواية لم يكتبها بول أوستر لك. كيف تصبح كاتبا لكن ليس على طريقة كتب الطبخ (مقادير كعك الحليب بالزعفران)، إنها طريقة أكثر تعقيداً من ذلك. قد لا أكون مخطأً إذا قلت بأن بول أوستر قام ببناء روايته على أساس تجريبي بحت "التجريب"، إذ لا يعرف الكاتب نتيجة ما يقدم عليه في الكتابة إلا بعد انتهاء الرواية، بمعنى فرصة الكشف ع
Oct 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
هناك مشكلة تواجهني مع كثير من الادباء .. هي أن تكون قراءتي الأولي لهم مع أجمل أعمالهم .. فاتاثر كثيرا وأتوقع منهم الكثير بعد ذلك .. وهنا تكمن المشكلة .. فليس بالضروري أن تكون باقي الأعمال بنفس الجودة أو درجة الاستمتاع نفسها .. ولكنه خطأ التوقع أو قل : التمني الذي أقع فيه غالبا

... نعود للرواية
الفكرة أكثر أكثر من رائعة ..
واعترف أنني لم أفهم المغزي من الرواية إلا في الصفحات الأخيرة حين يتحدث الأديب عما يفعله ببطل روايته
حسنا انا لا اريد ان أحرق الأحداث ... الأمر فقط يتعلق بالناحية الأخلاقية للأديب و
Parastoo Ashtian
دلم میخواهد یک بار دیگر چشمم به آسمان بیفتد. تمام چیزی که الان میخواهم همین است. ایستادن در فضای باز و تماشای آن آبی بزرگ بالای سرم، خیره شدن به آسمان چشمگیر بیمنتهابرای آخرین بار.

از متن کتاب
Shaimaa Ali
في قصة شديدة التكثيف والقِصر، يقوم بول أوستر بتجميع العديد من الشخصيات (منها شخصيات عديدة من مؤلفات أخرى له في ثلاثية نيويورك تحديداً) ، ويضعك فى الصيغة (الثيمة) المحببة له ألا وهى القصة داخل القصة …
فقط تبدو النهاية وكأنها كُتبت على عجل، فلم تكن مُرضية للعمل …
Feb 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely no one.
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إبراهيم   عادل
هكذا يضع الراوي القارئ وجهًا لوجهٍ أمام تلك الشخصية الاستثنائية، وبتلك الأحداث الغريبة التي ستتشكل له شيئًا فشيئًا، وكأنه إزاء شخصيةٍ روائية يجري خلقها بين يديه، شخصية لم يكن من العبث تسميتها «بلانك»، والتي تعني «فارغا»، ثم يتم تعريف بعض الشخصيات والأحداث من حوله، لنستكشف أن وراء تلك الشخصية تكمن الرواية وتختبئ الحكايات.

تحضر الشخصيات واحدة تلو الأخرى، وفيما القارئ منهمك في التعرف عليها، إذ ترد إشارات بين الحين والآخر لكون ذلك العجوز على علاقة بهذه الشخصيات، كل واحدٍ منهم يروي طرفًا من الحكاية، ل
Erika Jhanie
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“What the fuck was that?!”, I cried at the very last sentence.
I planned to read another book right after finishing it but no, Auster wouldn’t let me go. I had to make sense of it. I had to understand. I had to.

So I retold myself the significant parts, read back on the details I thought I might be missing and tried to analyze what it was all about.

This book is basically about how the characters and stories created by people, especially writers are bound to haunt them.

Auster illustrated the str
Chris Dietzel
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auster loves writing about men who lose their memory. I think this is the third book of his with that basic premise, and he's such a great writer that every single one of them is wonderful. One of the things I liked so much about this book, besides Auster's writing and storytelling, was that there were points throughout the story where it became possible that this book was taking place in the same world as his apocalyptic novel In the Country of Last Things. It may or may not be related, but one ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
I have to say this was the worst Paul Auster book I've read, and I've read most of his works. If you must read Travels in the Scriptorium, it is best that you keep your expectations in check. That way you won't be bitterly disappointed. From the very first words I thought this story was going nowhere. I was correct. When I had finished it it had gone nowhere. It was a tedious read. And a bore. At least though, the second half was a little better than the first, but overall I thought it was a lam ...more
M. Sarki
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notes while reading this book: I can say that after reading the first twenty-three pages I am hooked. So much going on for me here. I especially enjoyed the sponge-bath happy ending. Beautifully done.

Immediately thinking of Quentin Tarantino's Mr. Black, Mr. Pink, in Austen's character Mr. Blank. The mystery. Also the simple and sparse theater set in the novel reminds me of a stage play being acted out and a response of some sort to Endgame by Samuel Beckett. Again, the mystery is what does it f
Travels in the Scriptorium opens like this: a man, known only as Mr. Blank, is apparently imprisoned within a room. He remembers snippets of his childhood, but nothing of how he came to be in the room, and has little to no recollection of his adult life. During the course of the story, he is visited by a number of people - two women who take on nurse/carer roles, an ex-policeman, a lawyer and so on - and recognises them only vaguely, if at all. He contemplates escaping from the room, but seems i ...more
Like Alexander taking his sword to the Gordian Knot, Paul Auster chops away at the knotty loop he's tangled throughout Travels in the Scriptorium -- inelegantly solving the very problem he created while invalidating the reader's input.

Until the ending, this was an obtuse work and brilliant for it's wide angle of perspective because the potential meanings were myriad. Mr. Blank could have been anyone. His crimes could have been anything. His victims could have been everyone or no one. This was a
Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paul Auster fans, people who like quick reads
Okay, well I read this entire book (90 pages) within a few hours in the Barnes & Nobles. Truth be told, I read it there for two reasons: (a) I have been told to read something by Paul Auster by a few people and (b) I didn't want to pay $16.00 for it.

(My daughter read the Guiness Book of World Records for Kids, lol)

It's an interesting story within a story. The writing, initially, is pretty solid, pretty tight. But the story is hard to keep interested in. A lot of the plot is a description of
طاهر الزهراني
الحديث عن السيد بلانكي الفارغ من كل شيء، حتى من ذاكرته، يكتب عله يجمع بعض الشتات، الرواية لم تأت بجديد، هذا الموضوع مكرر كثيرا، في الرواية تقنيات سينمائية، ربما كتب هذا العمل للسينما، لا أدري لكن لم يضف جديدا.
I'm not the biggest Paul Auster fan. In fact, I've never really read any of his other books. I got attracted to this book because of its odd cover and a recommendation from another person new to Auster's worlds and he loved it.

This is a terrible place to start for any Auster virgin because from what I can gather, its a bunch of in-jokes from characters that were in his previous novels. Like all meta-fiction, things take a turn for the absurd and questions of truth, art and honesty run abound.

Elham Ghafarzadeh
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, mystery, fiction
بعد از کشور آخرینهای پل استر مدتها بود که هیچ کتابی منو شگفت زده نکرده بود اما باز هم پل استر در کتابی دیگر منو کاملا به وجد آورد. این کتاب با ایدهی جالبی که داره و توصیفات دقیقی که ارائه میده با ذهن خواننده به راحتی و با ظرافت بازی میکنه و در نهایت درست وقتی که ذهن آرام گرفته اونو به هیجان مییاره... توصیه میکنم اول کتاب "کشور آخرینها" رو بخونید از پل استر بعد بیایید سراغ سفر در اتاق تحریر ( همونطور که دوستی به من این توصیهی ارزشمند رو کرد)
اما به این کتاب 5 ستارهی کامل رو ندادم چون انتهای ِبسیا
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Atmospheric and disorientating. Like being caught in a fun house that is located on the tilt-a-whirl. While most readers will be able to put the pieces of the overall story together, the individual parts of the story are harder to solve. A welcome departure from what I have been reading recently.

Diaa Jubaili
يعجبني في بول أوستر، وفي كثير من الأحيان وكما هو الحال في ثلاثية نيويورك، أنه يكتب وفق مقولة كل شيء جائز في الرواية ! لكنه في هذا العمل، بدا كما لو أنه يتشفى بذائقة منتقديه. لا يسعني الاطناب في المديح، وهذه ليست المرة الأولى أجد فيها أوستر بعيداً عن ذائقتي، .. لا أعلم، ربما لأنه بالغ في تقنية التلاعب بالشخصيات ومصيرها وأحدث مجزرة بدلاً من أن يكتب رواية. شخصياً أعتبر رحلات في حجرة الكتابة جزء رابعا للثلاثية، التي لم يتخلص أوستر من تأثيرها في عدة روايات أخرى له. أتذكر أني عندما قرأت ثلاثية نيويورك ...more
لين الوعري Leen Al Warie
أتعجب من قدرة بول أوستر على اجتذاب القارئ إلى مستنقع الكآبة والتيه بسهولة ودون شعور أو رغبة من قارئه.

رواية حول معضلة الكاتب وشخصياته الروائية التي يفعل بها الأفاعيل وتعاني الأمرين جراء حبكاته ومصائبه المبتكرة التي يرسمها لهؤلاء الأبطال.

معضلة تؤرق كل كاتب حين يسقط في دوامةالكتابة وتستعصي عليه الأحداث أو تغلق دونه أبواب الرواية. لتأخذنا إلى قصة داخل القصة التي ترافقها قصص أخرى

لم أصل إلى ذروة الاستمتاع مثلما في اختراع العزلة، لكنه موهوب بلا شك
Yasamin Seifaee
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persian
سریسلی؟ :| نه واقعا؟
تا قبل از چند صفحه ی آخر تصمیم داشتم سه بدم ولی با این اتفاقی که پایان داستان افتاد...
حقیقتا باید بگم که این دو یی که میدم برای اینه که طرز نوشتن نویسنده رو دوست داشتم و اینکه طوری بود که دوست داشتم ادامه رو بخونم بدون اینکه خسته بشم یا هرچی...
ولی خب با این پایانش :| قشنگ خورد تو ذوقم :|
Hassan Salem
فالبداية كانت اللحظات الاولى عبارة عن ترقب و غموض استبشرت خيرا ،، ستكون هذه الرواية مليئة بأحداث مشوقة الا ان بول آستر اكتفى بالتحدث عن فاقد الذاكرة السيد بلانك الى ان وصلت الصفحة الاخيرة، رموز ورؤية ضبابية ومحاولات تذكر خائبة ،،
Ahmed Saleh
لم تكن ابداً على قدر التوقعات
Dec 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Trixie Fontaine
The first Paul Auster I've read where I totally get why some people dislike not just him, but his writing.

Felt like a little self-indulgent quick smarty-pants bullshit project/trick, or maybe I'm just not sophisticated enough to appreciate it. Glad it was short or I never would have finished it (though, annoyingly, it IS something you feel like you need to get to the end of which only helps make you feel manipulated into "getting" it in more ways than one).

I guess I was supposed to feel really d
Elizabeth (Alaska)

So bizarre, I was actually frustrated at one point. That might have been more because of other life-happenings than because of the book, so I will discount the frustration part. But only a little.

I picked this up at the library book sale, knowing Auster is on the 1001 list. I didn't have the list with me, and hoped this would be among his titles. It isn't. Neither is the other one I picked up at the same time, but I'll happily read it. Also those titles that are on the list. In spite of
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