Synopses & Reviews
Unlike David Marksons most recent works, including Vanishing Point
and Wittgensteins Mistress,
which David Foster Wallace described as "pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country," his early novel, Going Down,
is a more traditional effort, a masterfully plotted narrative set in Mexico in the 1960s. Three Americans, a man and two women, are living together in obvious intimacy. Their habits, strange to the Mexicans, are strangest of all to themselves.
When Fern Winters attention is caught by movement behind a window in a run-down Greenwich Village apartment building, she cant suspect that her encounter with the apartments occupant will eventually lead her to be come upon in an abandoned chapel, in a tiny mountain villageclutching the bloody machete with which one of the three has been murdered.
Going Down is a rarity among novelsbrilliantly and poetically written, faultlessly constructed, centered on fully realized people, and yet completely uninhibited in its depiction of startling eroticism.
"Before he made his name with experimental masterpieces like Wittgenstein's Mistress and This is Not a Novel, David Markson wrote this boozy, erotic novel of Mexico. Though more traditional than Markson's later work, Going Down is every bit as poetic and powerful." Tin House magazine