Here is an unenhanced audio sample from my novel, Pixels of Young Mueller, as read by the Kindle’s default male voice at normal speed (you can read along). As you can hear, the feature needs improving, but it would suffice if I preferred listening to books over reading them.
Sarah Crown posted an interesting bit in The Guardian’s books blog, “Is auto-fiction strictly a boys’ game?” The subject was the phenomenon of authors who insert a character bearing their name into their work. It turns out that a number of books—both new and not so new—have used this device, a fact that interested me greatly, as I used it in my novel, Pixels of Young Mueller. I have compiled this list of books from the article:
Jonathan Coe (The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim)
Damon Galgut (In a Strange Room)
Geoff Dyer (Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi)
Will Self (Will Self Walking to Hollywood)
Michel Houellebecq (La Carte et le Territoire)
Alberto Manguel (All Men Are Liars)
Philip Roth (Operation Shylock)
Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything is Illuminated)
E. L. Doctorow (World’s Fair)
Frederick Exley (A Fan’s Notes)
Vladimir Nabokov (Pnin)
Amelie Nothomb (Une forme de vie)
Gertrude Stein (Autobiography of Alice B Toklas)
Readers familiar with my novel know that its main character, Klaus Mueller, creates a fictional character named Jerry Schwartz. I knew that I could not have been the first to do this, but I was not aware of any specific instances in which it had been done. Fortunately, Sarah Crown has come to the rescue, and while I don’t agree with her use of “auto-fiction” to describe the literary device itself, I applaud her efforts.