Invisible or “The Fine Art of Scribbling:” Paul Auster’s Metafiction in Postmodern Narrative Discourse


  • María Laura Arce Álvarez The Autonomous University of Madrid



Paul Auster, metafiction, narrative discourse, literary theory


The intention of this article is to study Paul Auster’s novel Invisible (2009) as an exercise in metafiction and a poststructuralist game in which Auster introduces different fictional layers to make the figure of the author disappear. Auster presents the story of Adam Walker and Rudolph Born, two characters who become antagonists but whose lives depend on each other. By a series of narrations, the novel tells how the story of these two characters extends in time, challenging literary genres and multiplying different narrative layers.


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How to Cite

Arce Álvarez, M. L. (2023). Invisible or “The Fine Art of Scribbling:” Paul Auster’s Metafiction in Postmodern Narrative Discourse. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 20(2), 33–48.