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 blends and blurs, but beginnings rarely surface - Goodreads
Markson starts with a Writer sick of charac - Goodreads
And then Markson (Writer) pulls it off. - Goodreads
Writer” is the protago - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

I loved Reader's Block, with its skeletal narrative and the sad, melancholy little fragments from literary history. Markson managed to evoke these gorgeous, eerie resonances about art, death and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Puma - Goodreads

Some assembly required, this novel does. If you've read any of what's called Markson's tetralogy (there is no series or unifying name provided by the author), you'll recognize the format of that ... Read full review

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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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