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This is Not a Novel

And Other Novels

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March 8, 2016 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 496 Pages | ISBN 9781619027145
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"It is best to take Markson at his word and read this not as a novel but as some jester cousin to Pound's Cantos, notations that gradually cohere in an underlying progress, a drift toward the momentary reconciliation of art, intellect, and mortality." —Publishers Weekly

 

David Markson was a writer like no other. His novels have been called “hypnotic,” “stunning,” and “exhilarating” and earned him praise from the likes of Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace, Ann Beattie, and Zadie Smith. Marksonc created his own personal genre. With cracking wit distilled into incantatory streams of thought on art, life, and death, marksman’s work has delighted and astonished readers for decades.

Now for the first time, three of Markson’s masterpieces are compiled into one page-turning volume: This Is Not a NovelVanishing Point, and The Last Novel. In This Is Not a Novel, readers meet an author called only “Writer,” who is weary unto death of making up stories, and yet is determined to seduce the reader into turning pages and getting somewhere. Vanishing Point introduces us to ‘Author,” who sets out to transform shoeboxes crammed with note cards into a novel. In The Last Novel, we find an elderly author (referred to only as “Novelist”) who announces that, since this will be his final effort, he possesses “carte blanche to do anything he damn well pleases.”

United by their focus on the trials, calamities, absurdities, and even tragedies of the creative life, these novels demonstrate David Markson’s extraordinary intellectual richness — leaving readers, time after time, with the most indisputably original of reading experiences.

DAVID MARKSON is the author of critically acclaimed novels Wittgenstein’s Mistress, Vanishing Point, and most recently The Last Novel. In the ’60s, he created the Harry Fannin series that includes Epitaph for a Tramp and Epitaph for a Deadbeat. He lives and works in Greenwich Village.

Praise

“It is best to take Markson at his word and read this not as a novel but as some jester cousin to Pound’s Cantos, notations that gradually cohere in an underlying progress, a drift toward the momentary reconciliation of art, intellect, and mortality.” —Publishers Weekly

“Mischievous, funny, and smart, Markson will greatly amuse readers who share his fascination with art and the clash between the sublime and the ridiculous that fractures every artist’s life.” —Booklist

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