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Agape Agape

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

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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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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 12.7mm | 117.93g
  • 01 Oct 2003
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142437638
  • 9780142437636
  • 257,701

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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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"Gaddis's final novel is perhaps his most poignant."

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