Wittgenstein's Mistress

Wittgenstein's Mistress

Book - 1995 | 2nd pbk. ed
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Wittgenstein's Mistress is a novel unlike anything David Markson or anyone else has ever written before. It is the story of a woman who is convinced and, astonishingly, will ultimately convince the reader as well that she is the only person left on earth.

Presumably she is mad. And yet so appealing is her character, and so witty and seductive her narrative voice, that we will follow her hypnotically as she unloads the intellectual baggage of a lifetime in a series of irreverent meditations on everything and everybody from Brahms to sex to Heidegger to Helen of Troy. And as she contemplates aspects of the troubled past which have brought her to her present state--obviously a metaphor for ultimate loneliness--so too will her drama become one of the few certifiably original fictions of our time.

"The novel I liked best this year," said the Washington Times upon the book's publication; "one dizzying, delightful, funny passage after another . . . Wittgenstein's Mistress gives proof positive that the experimental novel can produce high, pure works of imagination."

Publisher: Normal, Ill. : Dalkey Archive Press, c1995
Edition: 2nd pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781564782113
1564782115
Branch Call Number: MARKSON
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 22 cm

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clarencedavis
Nov 09, 2015

This novel is for anyone whom is into experimental fiction. Markson's book is complex, redundant, circular, tedious, but also very interesting and unique.

MATT MORGAN Aug 16, 2013

This is a remarkable book.

Somewhere I read it holds a record for the highest number of rejections before being accepted for publication by some little press.

Not that I believe anybody keeps track of records like that very carefully.

But I did enjoy it. Remarkably so.

Until the end. When it becomes clear what happened. And then it got very sad.

Or maybe then is when I really began to enjoy it.

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