Paul Auster, celebrated American writer of the New York Trilogy, leads a private life away from social media. He doesn’t even own a cell phone. His wife revealed that he is seriously ill, with a post on Instagram. The author, 76, is being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His wife and fellow writer Siri Hustvedt posted the news on Instagram: “My husband was diagnosed with cancer in December,” she wrote. “I lived in a place I called Cancerland”, “Many people have crossed its borders because they are or have been sick with or love someone, a parent, child, spouse or friend who has or has had cancer”, he wrote in the post that he moved his readers and the American literary community.
Auster has written over 30 books which have been translated into over 40 languages. He rose to fame in 1982 with “The Invention of Solitude,” a haunting memoir by his father. Then the New York Trilogy, a noir version of the detective genre. The latest book is called 4 3 2 1 and was released in 2017. Hustvedt did not specify what kind of cancer her husband has or her prognosis. “Living with someone who has cancer and is bombarded with chemotherapy and immunotherapy is an adventure of closeness and separation,” she wrote, “this tightrope is not always easy to walk…”.