Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

By (author) Thomas Pynchon


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"The Washington Post " "Brilliantly written... a joy to read... "Bleeding Edge" is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best." (Michael Dirda) It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left. Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics--carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts--without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom--two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood--till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler's aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course. With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we've journeyed to since. Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance? Hey. Who wants to know? "" "If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who? Reading "Bleeding Edge," tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed... a necessary novel and one that literary history has been waiting for." "The New York Times Book Review" Exemplary... dazzling and ludicrous... Our reward for surrendering expectations that a novel should gather in clarity, rather than disperse into molecules, isn't anomie but delight." (Jonathan Lethem) "Wired" magazine "The book's real accomplishment is to claim the last decade as Pynchon territory, a continuation of the same tensions -- between freedom and captivity, momentum and entropy, meaning and chaos -- through which he has framed the last half-century." ***A "New York Times" Notable Book of 2013***

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  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 168 x 242 x 48mm | 799.99g
  • 17 Sep 2013
  • Penguin Press
  • English
  • 1594204233
  • 9781594204234
  • 43,517

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THOMAS PYNCHON is the author of "V."; "The Crying of Lot 49"; "Gravity's Rainbow"; "Slow Learner," a collection of short stories; "Vineland"; "Mason & Dixon"; "Against the Day"; and, most recently, "Inherent Vice." He received the National Book Award for "Gravity's Rainbow" in 1974.

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"A hilarious, shrewd, and disquieting metaphysical mystery." --"Booklist" (STARRED) "No one, but no one, rivals Pynchon's range of language, his elasticity of syntax, his signature mix of dirty jokes, dread and shining decency... "Bleeding Edge "is a chamber symphony in P major, so generous of invention it sometimes sprawls, yet so sharp it ultimately pierces." --"Publishers Weekly" "A much-anticipated return, and it's trademark stuff: a blend of existential angst, goofy humor and broad-sweeping bad vibes." --"Kirkus" (STARRED) "Truly your most important reading for the fall... darkly hilarious." --"Library Journal" "Are you ready for Thomas (Screaming Comes Across the Sky) Pynchon on the subject of September 11, 2001?... Exemplary... dazzling and ludicrous... Our reward for surrendering expectations that a novel should gather in clarity, rather than disperse into molecules, isn't anomie but delight. Pynchon himself's a good companion, full of real affectation for his people and places, even as he lampoons them for suffering the postmodern condition of being only partly real." --Jonathan Lethem, "New York Times Book Review"

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