The Last Novel

David Markson

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ISBN 10: 1458758036 / ISBN 13: 9781458758033
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Synopsis: Just when one had started mourning the demise of avant-garde and postmodern fiction . . . here comes David Markson's latest 'novel' which is anything but a novel in any conventional sense of the term. Yet it manages to keep us enthralled . . . and even moved to tears at the end. And what a thrill it is to witness the performance, a real tour de force.''

From Publishers Weekly: The latest engaging, indefinable work from Markson (Vanishing Point) proves to be something between a writer's commonplace book and La Rochefoucauld's satirically aphoristic Maxims. A set of absorbing factoids and musings—from and about a variety of literary and historical notables—comprise his narrator's last novel. With a delight in experimentation, Markson manages to insinuate a sober narrative voice between and among the words of the greats. After a quote from Eugene V. Debs (Nobody can be nobody) comes a telling moment of clarification about his own text's aim: Novelist's personal genre. For all its seeming fragmentation, nonetheless obstinately cross-referenced and of cryptic interconnectivity syntax. Indeed, the quotations, separated by a poetic amount of white space, read smoothly one after the other. Most are only a few lines long, and they range from bons mots by famous writers (Rousseau: The man who eats in idleness what he has not earned is a thief) to the writerly non sequitur (Napoleon was five feet six inches tall). Old age, defeat and death emerge as leitmotifs, underscored by statements of the places and dates of various authors' deaths, and, slowly, of the narrator's own poverty and loneliness. Markson's dark fragments are, paradoxically, a joy to sift and ponder.
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Title: The Last Novel
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
Binding: Paperback
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David Markson
Published by ReadHowYouWant (2013)
ISBN 10: 1458758036 ISBN 13: 9781458758033
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