NB Picks - Postmodern Fiction Must-Reads
Bookseller Paul shares his thoughts on the postmodern fiction genre: "Though it's difficult to pin down exactly what postmodern fiction consists of, I take it as a general playfulness with, and textual awareness of, narrative form. Where an author breaks down barriers between character and author, fiction and non-, the realities within art and reality per se."
Fancy a stroll through Post-modern Land? Imagine, if you will, a world where paranoia abounds, unreliable narrators construct their own reality (perhaps deeming facts "fake news", if you will pardon the expression), many of your compatriots seem blind to irony...sound familiar? No, we're not living out the plot of a great writer's postmodern novel - OR ARE WE? *Twirl of the mustache, furrowed brow..*
“A puzzle, an intrigue, a literary and historical tour de force.” —San Francisco Examiner
The Crying of Lot 49 is Thomas Pynchon's highly original classic satire of modern America, about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in what would appear to be an international conspiracy.
Amusing, touching, and unsettling, The Melancholy of Anatomy is that most wonderful of fictions, one that makes us see the world in an entirely new light.
John Barth's lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction. Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in the context of this collection.
Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback
Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition
The remarkable, acclaimed series of interconnected detective novels – from the author of 4 3 2 1: A Novel
The classic by Latin America's finest writer of the twentieth century—a true literary sensation—with an introduction by cyber-author William Gibson.
Ava Klein, thirty-nine, lover of life, world traveler, professor of comparative literature, is dying. From her hospital bed on this, her last day on earth, she makes one final ecstatic voyage. People, places, offhand memories, and imaginary things drift in and out of Ava's consciousness and weave their way through the narrative.
In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a novel about how far we will go in order to protect our loved ones.
This deluxe paperback edition -- featuring flaps, new cover art, and a new foreword by Tom Bissell -- celebrates the 20th anniversary of the original publication of Infinite Jest.
A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to co
Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler turns out to be not one novel but ten, each with a different plot, style, ambience, and author, and each interrupted at a moment of suspense.