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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  39 reviews
This is the story of Paul Auster's typewriter. The typewriter is a manual Olympia, more than 25 years old, and has been the agent of transmission for the novels, stories, collaborations, and other writings Auster has produced since the 1970s, a body of work that stands as one of the most varied, creative, and critcally acclaimed in recent American letters. It is also the s ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published August 2nd 2002 by Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) (first published 2002)
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antónio alves
3,5 * pelas pinturas (a óleo) de Sam Messer que acompanham o (pequeno) texto de Auster sobre a origem - e qualidades - da sua velhinha máquina de escrever (sua confidente literária durante várias décadas!)
Isabel
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, da-bmtv
P. 32 - "Sam [o ilustrador do livro] apossou-se da minha máquina de escrever e, a pouco e pouco, transformou um objecto inanimado num ser com uma personalidade e uma presença no mundo. A máquina de escrever, agora, tem desejos e estados de espírito e exprime sombrias raivas e exuberantes alegrias e quase juraríamos que se ouve o bater de um coração, preso no seu corpo metálico e cinzento."

De uma forma pouco profunda, Paul Auster faz um elogio/ tributo à sua máquina de escrever, objecto que o aco
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mwpm
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Paul Auster's typewriter, as the reader may have guessed from the title. Beginning with Auster's acquisition and ending with Messer's introduction to said typewriter.
Three and a half years later, I came home to America. It was July 1974, and when I unpacked my bags that first afternoon in New York, I discovered that my little Hermes typewriter had been destroyed. The cover was smashed in, the keys were mangled and twisted out of shape, and there was no hope of ever having it
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M. Sarki
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sentimentalists
Recommended to M. by: nobody
Nothing great, cute mostly, but not really needed in the entire scope of things. Yes, Auster loves his typewriter and is devoted to it. Yes, the painter/artist loves to fashion whatever it is about the machine that continues obviously to fascinate him to obsessive degrees. But it is all rather wasted on me at least because I really do not care. And it isn't my fault because I truly am a caring, feeling, empathetic, and understanding human being no matter what you say.
Victoria
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un pequeño texto de Paul Auster, en donde nos narra como su máquina de escribir lo acompaña a lo largo de su vida como escritor, y que a pesar de que el mundo avanza a pasos gigantes, el es capaz de mantener con vida a esta compañera. Con el paso del tiempo a sufrido algunos daños, pero Paul se dedica a mantenerla aún vigente.
Muchas veces estas pequeñas cosas, que pueden ser vista como viejas o fuera de línea, son capaces de darnos alegrías y glorias. En conjunto con la historia las ilustracion
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Vampire Who Baked
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Delightful little book about two men's-- one a writer, the other an artist-- love affair with a quaint little mechanical keyboard-- basically what the toddlers' "picture book" genre would look like if it were written for adults. You can finish it within half an hour, preferably with some tea sitting by the window watching a train pass by.
Kate
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mixed(up) media artists
Auster's little meditation on my favourite subject (I own 4 typewriters) make me want to read his poem book that I acquired years ago. Messer's paintings and drawings make me feel like stalking him to be my new teacher, anyone who can fall in love with a typewriter and paint it over and over and over again could very well be my hero.
Dokusha
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Dieses sehr kurze Buch (die wenigen Seiten enthalten viele freie Stellen und Zeichnungen) ist eine Art Liebesbrief des Autors an seine Schreibmaschine, die ercseit 26 Jahren benutzt - sein einziger Gegenstand, der die ganze, Zeit über nicht ausgetauscht wurde.
Es ist eine nette Geschichte, aber halt nicht mehr. Und der Satz oben beschreibt auch schon weitgehend den Inhalt.
Joana Gomes
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Auster conta a história da sua máquina de escrever em meia dúzia de páginas que se lêem num dia, mas o que é realmente incrível neste livro são as ilustrações lindíssimas de Sam Messer... <3
Brian
Jul 06, 2013 added it
A lovely tribute to the author's Olympia SM9, which happens to be my typewriter. I visited my typewriter today and it looks well, all things considered.
in3s
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
nothing great really, i was rathet confused by it bc i dont get the point of this book
Carlos G. Rapalino G.
En esta ocasión, Auster nos cuenta de manera algo íntima, su historia y relación con su antiquísima máquina de escribir Olympia. Al momento de publicado el libro, ya son casi 25 años que lleva en su compañía, lo cual la transforma casi en una personalidad con sentimientos y estados de ánimo, como bien lo plasma su amigo Sam Messer en sus ilustraciones.

Una lectura corta y amena, como todo lo proveniente de Auster, y que enriquece lo conocido de la persona detrás del autor de La Trilogía de Nueva
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 The Black Geek
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a story for writers and lovers of art that depict one of the 19th and 20th century tools of writers everywhere. I have always appreciated the typewriter for its ability to help one realize the physical effort it takes to produce one word, one sentence, one paragraph. Messer's vibrant images coupled with Auster's storytelling is nothing short of brilliant.

If you have never seen or used a typewriter, this book may peak your curiosity and motivate you to experience it at least once in this
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Mía
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La lectura me hizo recordar a los objetos hechos en otra época, los cuales aún viven en mi casa. Me encantaron las ilustraciones.
P41R47
Sep 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Típico libro de bestseller...
Caroline
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
One simply perfect love song.
Juan Manuel Gentili
Aunque soy un nativo digital, amé este librito: desarrollo la misma nostalgia con las notebooks que van pasando por mi vida.
Samantha Grabelle
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
Not the depth I was hoping for. The art is repetitive and I didn't learn much new about Auster and his process.
Nestor
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El relato de un amor entre un escritor y su máquina de escribir. Conmovedora y divertida, simplemente brillante. Su ilustraciones inigualables.
Miguel
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um bom conto que se lê num instante, o livro vale bastante pelas ilustrações. A relação de Auster com a máquina de escrever torna-a num objecto animado.
Nuska
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
"La máquina tiene ahora deseos y estados de ánimo, expresa cólera ciega y alegría exuberante y, encerrado en el interior de su metálico cuerpo gris, casi podría jurarse que se escucha el latido de un corazón". (42).

Breve e interesante elogio a la máquina de escribir "Olympia", principal instrumento de trabajo de Paul Auster. Para el prolífico escritor su máquina era sólo eso: un instrumento. Hasta que Sam Messer se enamoró de ella y empezó a dibujarla y retratarla como a un ser vivo. Interesant
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João Moura
Breve e simples história da máquina de escrever de Paul Auster contada pelo autor, com belas e vivas ilustrações de Sam Messer. Foi com esta máquina que o autor escreveu as suas maiores obras ao longo das décadas, renunciando aos modernismos dos computadores, que podem eliminar um livro num abrir e fechar de olhos...Teria contudo mais piada se fosse a própria máquina a contar a sua história e a de Paul Auster ao longo dos tempos...
J.T. Glover
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Paul Auster's THE STORY OF MY TYPEWRITER is a sweet meditation on his tried and true Olympia. The accompanying paintings and drawings by Sam Messer help to elevate beyond a meditation on objects, permanence, and technology, and makes it into something between a picture book for adults and an art book.
Ally McCulloch
Nov 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Typewriter lovers,
Recommended to Ally by: Hirtho Ducas
Shelves: paul-auster
Wow, I finished it in one sitting. Didn't know it was so short. I thought the book was interesting, but didn't really move me or anything.

Therefore, I only gave it three stars, but it was still a worthwhile read.
Manu-el
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ensayo
Sencillo y corto relato que describe lo del título. Lo compré porque es Auster y porque habla con cariño de esa vieja herramienta de la que no puede desprenderse (yo hice mi universidad con una, así que me sentía identificado). Nostalgia y hermosas ilustraciones adornan la lectura.
Rory
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Rory by: Martyn Churchouse
Shelves: memoirs-and-bios
Interesting concept. Visceral paintings. But too spare and hyper-aestheic for my current el-ridin' tastes.
Non
Oct 03, 2007 rated it liked it
a mix of art and auster's true tale, as stated, of his typewriter. avid auster fans should check out.
Alberto González Ortiz
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
De cómo Auster nos habla de su máquina de escribir.
Pollo
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este breve texto de "prosa suelta", medio autobiográfico, de difícil clasificación, es agradable como todo lo que escribe el autor. Hasta me dieron ganas de botar mi computadora.
Stephanie Simpson Navarrete
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
[4,5]
Es bueno para pasar el rato, es muy ligero de leer y tiene unas ilustraciones hermosas.
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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