Vanishing Point: A Novel

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Counterpoint Press, 2004 - Fiction - 191 pages
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In the literary world, there is little that can match the excitement of opening a new book by David Markson. From Wittgenstein's Mistress to Reader's Block to Springer's Progress to This Is Not a Novel, he has delighted and amazed readers for decades. And now comes his latest masterwork, Vanishing Point, wherein an elderly writer (identified only as "Author") sets out to transform shoeboxes crammed with notecards into a novel--and in so doing will dazzle us with an astonishing parade of revelations about the trials and calamities and absurdities and often even tragedies of the creative life--and all the while trying his best (he says) to keep himself out of the tale. Naturally he will fail to do the latter, frequently managing to stand aside and yet remaining undeniably central throughout--until he is swept inevitably into the narrative's starting and shattering climax. A novel of death and laughter both--and of extraordinary intellectual richness.
 

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User Review  - wjmcomposer - LibraryThing

Markson has written a book, entitled "Vanishing Point" composed as though on 3x5 index cards. This is quite different. What passes for a protagonist, referred to as Author is also writing a book ... Read full review

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User Review  - kszym - LibraryThing

By far the bleakest of the four. About getting older and, I guess, getting to the point that you'd previously seen someone disappear at (off in the distance) and finding yourself uncertain about where to go from there. Read full review

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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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