Agape Agape

Agape Agape

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By (author) William Gaddis, Afterword by Joseph Tabbi, Introduction by Sven Birkerts

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 113 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 13mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142437638
  • ISBN 13: 9780142437636
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 234,576

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William Gaddis published four novels during his lifetime, immense and complex books that helped inaugurate a new movement in American letters. Now comes his final work of fiction, a subtle, concentrated culmination of his art and ideas. For more than fifty years Gaddis collected notes for a book about the mechanization of the arts, told by way of a social history of the player piano in America. In the years before his death in 1998, he distilled the whole mass into a fiction, a dramatic monologue by an elderly man with a terminal illness. Continuing Gaddis's career-long reflection on those aspects of corporate technological culture that are uniquely destructive of the arts, "Agape Agape" is a stunning achievement from one of the indisputable masters of postwar American fiction.

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William Gaddis (1922-1998) was a master of the American novel who was frequently compared with Joyce, Nabokov, and Pynchon. Two of his novels, J R and A Frolic of His Own, won the National Book Award. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the recipient of a MacArthur Prize.

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"An exalted, paranoid outcry, a last wounded proclamation of the idea of the sacred rootedness of true art." ("The New York Times Book Review") "Gaddis's final novel is perhaps his most poignant." ("Los Angeles Times)