This Is Not a Tragedy examines David Markson's entire body of work, ranging from his early tongue-in-cheek Western and crime novels to contemporary classics such as Wittgenstein's Mistress and Reader's Block. Having begun in parody, Markson's ...
writing soon began to fragment, its pieces adding up to a peculiar sort of self-portrait--doubtful and unsteady--and in the process achieving nothing less than a redefinition of the novel form. Written on the verge of silence, David Markson's fiction represents an intimate, unsettling, and unique voice in the cacophony of modern letters, and This Is Not a Tragedy charts Markson's attempts to find, in art and language, the solace denied us by life.from This Is Not a Tragedy "How much of myself is in there? It's all me. Especially in Reader's Block, all that personal stuff re: Reader and/or Protagonist, ex-wife, ex-galfriends, children, lack of money, isolation, messed-up life, and/or some items dictated by nov-elistic necessity--and of course there is necessary invention there also, e.g., a house at a cemetery--but even little items like a couple of yellow stones from Masada or a reproduction of Giotto's Dante--I plucked up whatever was ready at hand. Is that laziness, or is it what they speak of as using what one knows? Take your pick."--David Markson to Franc oise Palleau-Papin
Number of pages: 360
Date of publication: 14/01/2011
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