Paul Auster knows how to write a compelling book.
Whether his iconic New York Trilogy, his ground-breaking memoir Winter Journal, or his Booker-shortlisted 4 3 2 1. Auster once wrote that “one should never underestimate the power of books” and if the past is anything to go by, one should never underestimate the power of a Paul Auster book.
The writer’s incredible capabilities are obviously recognized by Faber, who has seized his new fiction work, ‘Baumgartner.’
It tells the story of a 71-year-old in the midst of grief, having lost his wife almost a decade ago.
The UK and Commonwealth rights for the book, which is Auster’s first since 4 3 2 1, were acquired by Walter Donohue on behalf of the Carol Mann Agency, with the book set to be published under Faber.
The same team has also purchased the rights for the book in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Greek, German, and other territories. Meanwhile, US and Canadian rights were sold to Morgan Entrekin at Grove.
It has been described as a novel that is “rich with compassion, wit, and Auster’s keen eye for beauty in the smallest, most transient moments of ordinary life.”
Walter Donohue also shared his admiration for the works of Auster after playing a key role in the purchasing of the rights for this book. He said: “We are thrilled that, at this point in Paul Auster’s long career at Faber, he has produced this warm and wonderful miniature. Baumgartner is a late masterpiece, which aches with the tremors of enduring love.”
Auster’s wife, Siri Hustvedt, recently shared the news that Auster was diagnosed with cancer in December.