Poet, novelist, and director of American cinema, born in Newark (New Jersey) in 1947. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias literature prize "by the literary renewal of various genres (narrative, poetry, essays, and screenplay), his exploration of new areas of reality with a current vision, its attentive follow-up of the issues of our time and its ability" to capture the attention of young audiences.
He studied at Columbia University. After play the most diverse works, including operator and sailor, went to live in France, where he lived for four years and worked as a translator and Assistant to scripts. In 1974 he returned to New York and started in the world of literature with the publication of poems and essays in magazines Harper´s Saturday Review and New York Review of Books.
Under the pseudonym of Paul Benjamin, he published a novel belonging to the genre, entitled play of pressure (1982), which had begun to write four years earlier. This work was followed by, among others, the invention of solitude (1982), Crystal City, (1985), the volume of tales New York trilogy (1987), the country of last things (1988), the Palace of the Moon (1989), a book of poems and essays entitled foundations (1990) and the music of chance (1991), this last led to film in 1993 by director Philip Haasthe same year in which public red notebook.
In 1990, had published Groundwork: Selected Poems and Essays 1970-1979, a collection of his poems, composed between 1970 and 1979; and volumes of trial White spaces (1980) and the art of hunger (1982). In 1998 he published a book of memoirs, salto de mata, who describes his years of learning, just before success came into his life.
Along with the peculiar mix of fantasy and reality, the use of the police officers and the merger between modernity and tradition, another of the main features of the narrative work of Auster is the ability of the American author to intersperse elements of cinematic and literary languages. But his association with the film is even greater. In 1998 debuted as a director with the film Lulu on the bridge, who presented on October 29 in the Film Festival of Valladolid, Seminci, with great public acceptance. Auster decided to take up the challenge of roll it after his experience as a screenwriter in Smoke (Wayne Wang, 1994) and co-direct Blue in the face (1995). For his first cinematic adventure as director brought to the screen a script in which his literary constants are: random, love saving capacity, the search for identity, the literary myth and the loneliness of modern life. In the cast included actors from the likes of Harvey Keitel and Mira Sorvino.
His next work, Timbuktu, whose protagonist is a dog called Mr Bones arrived in 1999. In this novel are again recurring motifs of all his creations: the son without a father, the strength of the memories and the power of chance; with a linear and coherent narrative that resembles the tales. The book was awarded in 2000 the Archbishop Juan de San Clemente de Santiago de Compostela.
In 2001 he published his next work, I thought my father was God, a work which includes 180 real stories written by listeners of a radio programme, and in 2003 the book of illusions, a year after its publication received the book of the year award, awarded by the Guild of booksellers from Madrid. In 2004 he published in United Kingdom, France and the United States a new work, the night of the Oracle, which won rave reviews and author defined as "just a love story".
In March 2006 he presented a new novel, Brooklyn follies, which tells the story of a man who survived lung cancer and decides to return to the Brooklyn of his childhood, to search for "a quiet place where to die".