First published in the US in 2001, Markson s This Is Not a Novel finally waded across the Atlantic courtesy of the enterprising CB Editions this year. A swirl of unattributed quotations from other authors, an energising expression of readerly ennui and a meditation on mortality, it felt like a book one had unconsciously been waiting to discover. Geoff Dyer, Guardian Books of the Year 2010 Magnificent, a compilation that so exceeds the scatter of its parts that one must take some time to ponder why this should be . . . It s almost impossible to stop turning the pages.
Sven Birkerts, New York Observer
David Markson s This Is Not a Novel is a sustained meditation on a single question: Against death, what consolation, if any, is art? Markson constantly toggles back and forth between celebrating the timelessness of art and mocking such grandiosity, and the book forces me to ask myself, What do I push back with? Maybe art, and if so, barely.
David Shields A daring tour de force (yet again), just the kind of novel only Markson would take on do with such uncompromising elan.
Reads as addictively as an airport thriller . . . masterful. --BookforumBiographie de l'auteur :
David Markson ( one of America s most original voices TLS) died in New York in June 2010. He had been making original, allusive, daring fictions for over four decades. His other books include Springer s Progress, Reader s Block and Vanishing Point. Wittgenstein s Mistress (1988) was acclaimed by David Foster Wallace as A work of genius . . . an erudite, breathtakingly cerebral novel whose prose is crystal and whose voice rivets and whose conclusion defies you not to cry.
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Description du livre CB Editions, 2010. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0956107338