The Interrogative Mood

The Interrogative Mood : A Novel?

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"If Duchamp or maybe Magritte wrote a novel (and maybe they did. Did they?) it might look something like this remarkable little book of Padgett Powell's."

--Richard Ford

The Interrogative Mood is a wildly inventive, jazzy meditation on life and language by the novelist that Ian Frazier hails as "one of the best writers in America, and one of the funniest, too." A novel composed entirely of questions, it is perhaps the most audacious literary high-wire act since Nicholson Baker's The Mezzanine or David Foster Wallace's stories; a playful and profound book that, as Jonathan Safran Foer says, "will sear the unlucky volumes shelved on either side of it. How it doesn't, itself, combust in flames is a mystery to me."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • Ecco Press
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061859435
  • 9780061859434
  • 292,886

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Intimate and hilarious the yearning is as powerful as all that is evoked and revealed in this precise and beautiful novel. --Amy Hempel"
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Back cover copy

Playful and profound, The Interrogative Mood is a bebop solo of a book in which every sentence is a question. In it acclaimed novelist Padgett Powell--a writer once touted as the best of his generation by Saul Bellow--force us to consider our core beliefs, our most cherished memories, our final views on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In fictionas in life, there may be no easy answers--but The Interrogative Mood is an exuberant book that leaves the reader feeling more alive.
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