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Auggie Wren's Christmas Story
 
 
Author
Paul Auster. Isol, illus.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.25 x 5.25 x 0.4 inches
ISBN 9780571249770
Pages/Publication Date 41/2003
Daedalus Item Code 32849
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When Paul Auster was asked by the New York Times to write a Christmas story for the Op-Ed page, the result, "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story," led to Auster's collaboration on the film adaptation of Smoke. The story has found yet another life in this compact cloth bound edition, illustrated with colorful photographic collages by Argentinean artist Isol. This nested fiction-in-fiction begins with a writer's dilemma: he's been asked by the New York Times to write a story that will appear in the paper on Christmas morning. The writer reluctantly agrees, having no great love of the usual Yuletide treacle, but he has a problem: how to write an unsentimental Christmas story? He unburdens himself to the proprietor of his local cigar shop, a colorful character named Auggie Wren. "A Christmas story? Is that all?" Auggie counters. "If you buy me lunch, my friend, I'll tell you the best Christmas story you ever heard. And I guarantee every word of it is true." It involves a lost wallet, a blind woman, and a Christmas dinner. Everything gets turned upside down. What's stealing? What's giving? What's a lie? What's the truth? It's vintage Auster—a truly unsentimental but completely affecting Christmas fable.
 
 
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