Paul Auster's A Life in Words--a wide-ranging dialogue between Auster and the Danish professor I. B. Siegumfeldt--is a remarkably candid and sharply focused investigation into one writer's art, craft, and life. It includes many revelations that have never been shared before. This is a book that's full of surprises, composed of spoken words that sometimes jump off the page like good drama. The conversations between Auster and Siegumfeldt went on for three years, starting in 2011 and continuing after there was a complete draft in revisions. All twenty-one of Auster's narrative works are covered, as well as all the themes and obsessions that drive the work, and the man.