A book at the end of the world: Paul Auster's 'In the Country of Last Things.' (Paul Auster/Danilo Kis)

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Date: Spring 1994
From: The Review of Contemporary Fiction(Vol. 14, Issue 1)
Publisher: Review of Contemporary Fiction
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,086 words

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Paul Auster's 'In the Country of Last Things' is a projection of the problems of contemporary society into an imagined future society. The story of Anna Blume searching for her brother in the ruins of a civilization becomes a vehicle for Auster to criticize the commercialism and lack of productivity of contemporary society. The rule of thugs and the scavenging of corpses motivated by greed are slight exaggerations to portray the violence and materialism of current culture.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A15071786