Although the portrayal of Poland as a land of death is common in Jewish- American fiction, the theme is given subtle and restrained treatment in the fiction of Paul Auster, within the context of the emphasis on death that permeates his work. In Timbuktu and Oracle Night, Auster associated Poland with death in an indirect and symbolic fashion. His evocation of Poland is poetic and imaginative as well as highly effective as a literary device.

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