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Reader's Block (American Literature)by David Markson
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In this spellbinding, utterly unconventional fiction, an aging author identified only as "Reader" contemplates writing a novel about a writer, called simply "Protagonist, " who has left the city and taken a small house adjoining a cemetery. As Reader contemplates the writing of the novel, other matters insistently crowd his mind — literary and cultural anecdotes, endless quotations attributed and not, scholarly curiosities — the residue of a lifetime's reading, all he has to show for his decades on earth.
"This is a playful book with dead serious concerns." Publishers Weekly
"Hypnotic . . . a profoundly rewarding read."--Kurt Vonnegut
In this spellbinding, utterly unconventional fiction, an aging author who is identified only as Reader contemplates the writing of a novel. As he does, other matters insistently crowd his mind--literary and cultural anecdotes, endless quotations attributed and not, scholarly curiosities--the residue of a lifetime's reading which is apparently all he has to show for his decades on earth.
Out of these unlikely yet incontestably fascinating materials--including innumerable details about the madness and calamity in many artists' and writers' lives, the eternal critical affronts, the startling bigotry, the countless suicides--David Markson has created a novel of extraordinary intellectual suggestiveness. But while shoring up Reader's ruins with such fragments, Markson has also managed to electrify his novel with an almost unbearable emotional impact. Where Reader ultimately leads us is shattering.
About the Author
David Markson's novel Wittgenstein's Mistress was acclaimed by David Foster Wallace as "pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country." His other novels, including Reader's Block, Springer's Progress, and Vanishing Point, have expanded this high reputation. His novel The Ballad of Dingus Magee was made into the film Dirty Dingus Magee, which starred Frank Sinatra, and he is also the author of three crime novels. Born in Albany, New York, he has long lived in New York City.
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