Books in books with the same title
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I've encountered two recently:
Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
Tim Dorsey: The Stingray Shuffle
In both cases the fictional book was written by another author than the author of the real book.
In Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun, which is not only the finest literary SF ever but one of the finest novels, period, of the past 30 years, the protagonist brings four books to a prisoner who has requested them, having retrieved them from a library whose blind curator is supposedly based on Borges. By paying attention, we are able to deduce that one of them is entitled The Book of the New Sun. Then, of course, in the sequel, the same protagonist, who travels through time, writes The Book of the New Sun. However, this might not really be a good candidate because the book does not revolve around the Book.
I haven't read it but my mother says that Stephen King's Dark Tower series, has a scene of the characters in a library that is filled with Stephen King novels. At least one of the characters happens upon his own book - I want to say Salem's Lot, though I could be wrong. Apparently Stephen King himself evens makes a guest appearance.
Also, there is a romance writer Sherrilyn Kenyon whose heroines are often reading romances written by Kinley MacGregor who is one of Kenyon's psuedonyms. I think that is quite clever.
But don't go to the author's website, because he gives away the best part of the ending in the description. Of course, now that I'm looking at it, so does B&N.com. Maybe I had read it and forgot by the time I got there. Anyway, it was a surprise to me.
Anyway, if you are interested in pataphysics metafiction ("patafiction"?) these are well worth it.
I had to get a copy from interlibrary loan, as it was printed in a small edition.
For all I know (not having read all of Auster's work), there are other references to Travels in the Scriptorium elsewhere. It's a fun game he plays, creating a self-referential universe in his books.
trials once they get here.
JPod by Douglas Coupland fits this category in the sense that the author appears towards the end of the novel, making a bargain with the protaganist which lands Coupland with the contents of the guys laptop - and this content becomes the book JPod - which then explains the book's unconventional layout which includes flyers, pages of code, emails and random words (presumably googled words).
Neither books are great but both say something interesting about the process of writing and insinuate that authors are thieves, either heinous or naive.