By David Markson
Wittgenstein's Mistress is a singular not like whatever David Markson or a person else has ever written sooner than. it's the tale of a lady who's confident and, astonishingly, will finally persuade the reader to boot that she is the one individual left on earth.
Presumably she is mad. And but so beautiful is her personality, and so witty and seductive her narrative voice, that we are going to persist with her hypnotically as she unloads the highbrow luggage of a life-time 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 elements of the prior that have introduced her to her current state―obviously a metaphor for final loneliness―so too will her drama develop into one of many few certifiably unique fictions of our time.
“The novel I loved most sensible this year,” stated the Washington Times upon the book’s book; “one dizzying, pleasant, humorous passage after one other . . . Wittgenstein’s Mistress supplies evidence confident that the experimental novel can produce excessive, natural works of imagination.”
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