Friday, April 27, 2007

Recent reading: THE LAST NOVEL

I had read four of David Markson's books prior to recently picking up and reading his most recent, The Last Novel. I headed downtown to The Strand on the advice of Gina Myers and grabbed a (signed!) copy for myself.

This is another of Markson's amazing and unique books, formed solely of fascinating snippets about history, particularly of the arts: painting, writing, music. The occasional self-referential observation is made about "The Novelist," who is juggling all of these snippets in an effort to make them - and his life's work (or just life?) - cohere.

Two things among the hundreds of factoids that really stuck out: a mention of Wayne Gretzky; and of global warming!



Blogger cowboyangel said...

I read Markson's This Is Not a Novel and thought that was interesting. Also stood in a bookshop and read a good chunk of Wittgenstein's Mistress.

The Last Novel. Have you read Michael Kruger's End of the Novel? That was pretty good. He's a German writer.

And then there's Sebold, who sort of does what Markson does, but in much more of a prose thing.

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Blogger Steve Caratzas said...

I've never read either Kruger or Sebold, but will seek them out.

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