The documentary PAUL AUSTER — WHAT IF? focuses on the political as well as the poetic side of the writer Paul Auster and shows how the artist fights for his lost dream of a democratically led America. Through his eyes, we look at 70 years of American history. Director Sabine Lidl meets the author for a very personal conversation at his home in Brooklyn, New York and Auster gives insights into his childhood and family history. The film combines passages from his recent novel 4321 with Auster’s own biography, thus creating an exciting dialogue between the author and his fictional character.