'Moon Prize' named No. 1

January 07, 1991|By New York Times News Service

A novel by Paul Auster has been named the best book of 1990 by the French literary journal Lire. "Moon Prize," which has been a best seller abroad and was published in the United States last year by Viking, was named No. 1 of 20 top books selected by Lire's editors.

Mr. Auster is the second American to receive the honor in the list's 10-year history. His fellow Brooklyn, N.Y., resident, Norman Mailer, won in 1981, for "The Executioner's Song."

The decision was announced at a Paris book fair Thursday.

Mr. Auster lived in France in the early '70s.

"I wrote my first book of poetry there, and began to believe in myself as a writer there," he said.

He is also the author of "The Music of Change," published last October by Viking.

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