In a new novel that playfully deconstructs the novel, the author exposes himself--and the absurdities and tragedies of the creative life--in a funny, satirical, sometimes painful sendup of the novelist at work. Original.
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In the literary world, there is little that can match the excitement of opening a new book by David Markson. From Wittgensteinâs Mistress to Readerâs Block to Springerâs Progress to This Is Not a Novel, he has delighted and amazed readers for decades. And now comes his latest masterwork, Vanishing Point, wherein an elderly writer (identified only as "Author") sets out to transform shoeboxes crammed with notecards into a novelÂand in so doing will dazzle us with an astonishing parade of revelations about the trials and calamities and absurdities and often even tragedies of the creative lifeÂand all the while trying his best (he says) to keep himself out of the tale. Naturally he will fail to do the latter, frequently managing to stand aside and yet remaining undeniably central throughoutÂuntil he is swept inevitably into the narrativeâs starting and shattering climax. A novel of death and laughter bothÂand of extraordinary intellectual richness.