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What does "psychogeography" mean? In the hands of Paul Auster and Iain Sinclair it is little more than a return to old routines

By Philip Oltermann   October 2006

Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster (Faber & Faber, £12.99) London: City of Disappearances ed Iain Sinclair (Hamish Hamilton, £22.50) Psychogeography by Merlin Coverley (Pocket Essentials, £9.99)

Here’s a mystery for aspiring literary detectives. Case one, Paul Auster: popular New York crime writer with experimental pretensions. The “bard of Brooklyn.” Born in the 1940s. Years on the breadline, translating French poetry. First work, New York Trilogy, published in 1987. Since then, highly productive, ten books since 2000 alone: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film scripts. Has collaborated with the conceptual artist Sophie Calle on Double Game (2001). New book, the novel…

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