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Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy: City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room

August 13 - September 17, 2024, Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 (six sessions)
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205


The act of writing, memory, chance, the double, and the deconstruction of the protagonist are frequent literary elements we find in Paul Auster’s fictional work, especially in The New York Trilogy. In this Delve seminar, we will celebrate the late author and delve into the obsessions that made his writing a fascinating read.

City of Glass (1985) – New York City as a labyrinth to be deciphered and traced by its characters. Auster treats this exploration of the city and the act of writing as one and the same, creating an allegory of the book of Genesis, set in modern times.

Ghosts (1986) – a game of mirrors, with the same concerns of language and otherness, and the effect that the city has on his characters.

The Locked Room (1986) – a radical plot that intertwines the inner world of the characters with the subjectivity of a city whose collective personality and symbols become essential to the story.

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Delve: New York Trilogy
$ 250.00
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Ivonne Saed

Graphic designer, writer, translator, and photographer, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual, both in her creative work and in teaching. She is the author of the novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Lectorum, 2003) and the non-fiction Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (Lectorum, 2009). She co-authored Literatura: imaginación, identidad y poder, Vampiros transmundanos y tan urbanos, and ¡Madres! Cuentos (y precauciones) de maternidad. Saed has published book reviews, short fiction and photos in periodicals like Reforma and Crónica (Mexico), Literal Magazine (US), and Arquivo Maaraví (Brazil). Her documentary Naïve premiered in 2011 as part of Object Stories, a Portland Art Museum project, and she produced Vida Sefaradí: A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland. Saed has taught at Marylhurst University, Oregon State University and Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), and she’s been a Delve Seminar guide for Literary Arts, in Portland, Oregon, since 2011. Her work has been discussed by academics in a number of publications and it has been staged by Jewish Theatre Collaborative (Portland) and Jewish Women’s Theatre (Los Angeles).
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