By Inger H. Dalsgaard, Luc Herman, Brian McHale

The main celebrated American novelist of the prior half-century, an integral determine of postmodernism around the globe, Thomas Pynchon notoriously demanding situations his readers. This significant other presents instruments for assembly that problem. complete, available, vigorous, up to date and trustworthy, it ways Pynchon's fiction from a variety of angles, calling at the services of a world roster of students on the innovative of Pynchon experiences. half I covers Pynchon's fiction novel-by-novel from the Sixties to the current, together with such undeniable classics because the Crying of Lot forty nine and Gravity's Rainbow. half II zooms out to provide a bird's-eye-view of Pynchon's novelistic perform throughout his whole occupation. half III surveys significant subject matters of Pynchon's fiction: background, politics, alterity ('otherness'), and technological know-how and know-how. Designed for college kids, students and enthusiasts alike, the significant other starts with a biography of the elusive writer and ends with a coda on how one can learn Pynchon and a bibliography for extra interpreting.

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