Paul Auster, American author of The New York Trilogy, dies aged 77

Paul Auster, the author of 34 books, including the celebrated New York Trilogy, died at the age of 77.  

The author died on Tuesday as a result of complications from lung cancer, according to friend and colleague author Jacki Lyden.  

Auster is known for his "highly stylised, quirkily riddlesome postmodernist fiction in which narrators are rarely other than unreliable and the bedrock of plot is continually shifting," the novelist Joyce Carol Oates remarked in 2010.  

His works frequently deal with themes of serendipity, chance, and fate.   

Many of his protagonists are authors, and his writing is self-referential, with characters from earlier novels reappearing in later ones.  

"Auster has established one of the most distinctive niches in contemporary literature," wrote reviewer Michael Dirda in 2008.   

"His narrative voice is mesmerizing, like that of the Ancient Mariner. Start one of his books, and by page two, you can't help but listen."  

The author was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1947. According to Auster, his writing career began at the age of eight when he was unable to obtain an autograph from his baseball hero, Willie Mays, because neither he nor his parents had brought a pencil to the game.   

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