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Some Weird Bunch of Anti-Rebels and Millennial Fictions

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Reviewed by Stephen Burn
Times Literary Supplement

"Shortly before he died in 1985, Italo Calvino began a final work in which he meditated on the approaching millennium. His manuscript explored the multiple forms of fiction and the future of literature, but he chose to begin by intertwining the fate of the novel with the close of the millennium. 'It has been', he wrote, 'the millennium of the book, in that it has seen the object we call a book take on the form now familiar to us. Perhaps it is a sign of our millennium's end that we frequently wonder what will happen to literature and books in the so-called post-industrial era of technology.'..." Read the entire Times Literary Supplement review.

One Response to "Some Weird Bunch of Anti-Rebels and Millennial Fictions"

    Luther Austin-Brecher February 4th, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    This is the book that introduced me to David Foster Wallace and made me an immediate fan. Years after reading it, I still have visions of its characters and events in my mind. From corporately sponsored years, to a deadly video and a government agent dressed in drag on a mountainside in the morning, I have yet to read anything like it (except maybe Pynchon). I can't wait to read it again.

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