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December 20, 2004

Happy Birthday, David Markson

by Ron Hogan

We bookbloggers think David Markson is swell. Don't just take my word for it, though; ask Mark Sarvas or Edward Champion, the latter of whom wonders aloud why all you book reviewers with your year-end lists seem to have forgotten Vanishing Point.

Although, in all fairness, the fact that I'd forgotten about it--about most books published this year, in fact--while I was busy crash-writing my own manuscript is the main reason I'm glad I don't do year-end lists on my site, so I can understand how your memories might be swamped.


Sigh. Another author to add to my list. I have heard great things about Markson. Is there one book you recommend to start?

Posted by: bookdwarf at December 21, 2004 01:26 PM

Bookdwarf: I'd start with either This is Not a Novel or Springer's Progress. You'll need to get a sense of Markson's style before you can take on Wittgenstein's Mistress. But it's all good fun.

Posted by: Ed at December 22, 2004 10:45 PM

Damn, I just got a copy of Wittgenstein's Mistress for cheap yesterday. I know he's pretty experimental though.

Posted by: bookdwarf at December 23, 2004 01:31 PM
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