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Mark Brown

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073960

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073960.001.0001

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No place

No place

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Paul Auster

Mark Brown

Manchester University Press

This chapter explains how Auster represents spaces that cannot be found on the map in two of his novels. It shows that the places that are represented in The Music of Chance and In the Country of Last Things are created entirely from Auster's imagination, and even contain unknowable and unreal forces. It notes that these resulting ‘fictional’ places allow Auster to study the extremes of human experience and demonstrate how ontological stability is continually weakened by spatial instability. This chapter also discusses how utopian thinking forms models of spatial organisation, and how these are translated in actual spaces.

Keywords:   fictional spaces, unreal forces, human experience, ontological stability, spatial instability, utopian thinking, models of spatial organisation, actual spaces

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