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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..* 

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ISBN: 9780060913076
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 1st, 2006

Thomas Pynchon's classic post-modern satire, which tells the wonderfully unusual story of Oedipa Maas, first published in 1965.

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ISBN: 9780385721202
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Published: Anchor Books - April 2nd, 2002

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.

Lost in the Funhouse (Anchor Literary Library) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385240871
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Published: Anchor Books - March 1st, 1988

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.

White Noise: (penguin Orange Collection) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143129554
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Published: Penguin Books - October 18th, 2016

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 New York Trilogy: (penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
By Paul Auster, Luc Sante (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039839
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

The remarkable, acclaimed series of interconnected detective novels - from the author of 4 3 2 1: A Novel

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ISBN: 9780811216999
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2007

This new edition ofLabyrinths, the classic representative selection of Borges' writing edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby (in translations by themselves and others), includes the text of the original edition (as augmented in 1964) as well as Irby's biographical and critical essay, a poignant tribute by Andre Maurois, and a chronology of the author's life.

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ISBN: 9781564780744
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - May 1st, 2002

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.

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ISBN: 9780307739971
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Published: Vintage - November 13th, 2012

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.

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By David Foster Wallace, Tom Bissell (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780316306058
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 23rd, 2016

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.

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ISBN: 9780156439619
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Published: Mariner Books - October 20th, 1982

Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.