Insights drawn from Auster’s work have concrete societal relevance for instance regarding political and social strategies of coping with violence or our obsession with the body in a world where the population grows steadily older (micro level) and indeed regarding the mechanisms by which an oeuvre such as this may enable a more nuanced understanding of the transfer of ethical, political and aesthetic principles across borders (macro level).

Each of the five thematic clusters sketched below provides a set of perspectives on the specific material (Auster’s work) and its impact (global culture) and together they constitute the Library Network’s research profile.