This is Not a Novel

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Counterpoint, 2001 - Fiction - 190 pages
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This Is Not a Novel is a highly inventive work which drifts "genre-less," somewhere in between fiction, nonfiction, and psychological memoir. In the opening pages of the "novel," a narrator, called only "Writer," announces that he is tired of inventing characters, contemplating plot, setting, theme, and conflict. Yet the writer is determined to seduce the reader into turning pages-and to "get somewhere," nonetheless.

What follows are pages crammed with short lines of astonishingly fascinating literary and artistic anecdotes, quotations, and cultural curiosities. This Is Not a Novel is leavened with Markson's deliciously ironic wit and laughter, so that when the writer does indeed finally get us "somewhere" it's the journey will have mattered as much as the arrival.

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Writer died of exhaustion. - Goodreads
Writer is weary unto death of making up stories. - Goodreads
Writer is equally tired of inventing characters. - Goodreads
Writer blends and blurs, but beginnings rarely surface. - Goodreads
But an ending is here. - Goodreads
And then Markson (Writer) pulls it off. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Brooks - Goodreads

"Writer is weary unto death of making up stories" In the first five pages Markson tells the reader what he's going to do. It's a remarkably difficult goal, one that would lead a lot of readers to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aidan Watson-Morris - Goodreads

markson's prerogative was to turn the experimental novel into a page turner & he did a damn good job. immensely entertaining, if cheaply won. Read full review

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McKenzie Wark
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About the author (2001)

David Markson was born in Albany, New York on December 20, 1927. He received an undergraduate degree from Union College and a master's degree from Columbia University. Besides being a writer, he also worked as a journalist, book editor, and periodically as a college professor at Columbia University, Long Island University, and The New School. His works include Epitaph for a Tramp; Epitaph for a Dead Beat; This Is Not a Novel; Springer's Progress; Wittgenstein's Mistress; and The Last Novel. His novel, The Ballad of Dingus Magee, was made into a film starring Frank Sinatra entitled Dirty Dingus Magee. He was found dead on June 4, 2010 at the age of 82.

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