By David Markson
Wittgenstein's Mistress is a singular not like something David Markson or someone else has ever written ahead of. it's the tale of a girl who's confident and, astonishingly, will eventually persuade the reader in addition that she is the single individual left on earth.
Presumably she is mad. And but so attractive is her personality, and so witty and seductive her narrative voice, that we'll stick with her hypnotically as she unloads the highbrow luggage of an entire life in a sequence of irreverent meditations on every thing and everyone from Brahms to intercourse to Heidegger to Helen of Troy. And as she contemplates features of the bothered prior that have introduced her to her current state―obviously a metaphor for final loneliness―so too will her drama turn into one of many few certifiably unique fictions of our time.
“The novel I beloved most sensible this year,” acknowledged the Washington Times upon the book’s book; “one dizzying, pleasant, humorous passage after one other . . . Wittgenstein’s Mistress provides evidence optimistic that the experimental novel can produce excessive, natural works of imagination.”
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