Wittgenstein's Mistress

Wittgenstein's Mistress

Paperback American Literature (Dalkey Archive)

By (author) David Markson

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564782115
  • ISBN 13: 9781564782113
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd ed.
  • Sales rank: 21,767

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Wittgenstein's Mistress is a novel unlike anything David Markson--or anyone else--has ever written before. It is the story of a woman who is convinced--and, astonishingly, will ultimately convince the reader as well--that she is the only person left on earth. Presumably she is mad. And yet so appealing is her character, and so witty and seductive her narrative voice, that we will follow her hypnotically as she unloads the intellectual baggage of a lifetime in a series of irreverent meditations on everything and everybody from Brahms to sex to Heidegger to Helen of Troy. And as she contemplates aspects of the troubled past which have brought her to her present state--obviously a metaphor for ultimate loneliness--so too will her drama become one of the few certifiably original fictions of our time.

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David Markson's novels include Springer's Progress, Reader's Block, and The Last Novel.

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The novel I liked best this year... one dizzying, delightful, funny passage after another... Wittgenstein's Mistress gives proof positive that the experimental novel can produce high, pure works of imagination. The Washington Times Addresses formidable philosophic questions with tremendous wit... remarkable... A novel that can be parsed like a sentence, it is that well made. New York Times Book Review Brilliant and often hilarious... Markson is the one working novelist... who can claim affinities with Joyce, Gaddis, and Lowry, no less than with Beckett. San Francisco Review of Books A work of genius... An erudite, breathtakingly cerebral novel whose prose is crystal and whose voice rivets and whose conclusion defies you not to cry. -- David Foster Wallace As precise and dazzling as Joyce... Original, beautiful, and an absolute masterpiece. -- Ann Beattie