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David Markson (1927–2010)

Autor(a) de Wittgenstein's Mistress

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About the Author

David Markson was born in Albany, New York on December 20, 1927. He received an undergraduate degree from Union College and a master's degree from Columbia University. Besides being a writer, he also worked as a journalist, book editor, and periodically as a college professor at Columbia mostrar mais University, Long Island University, and The New School. His works include Epitaph for a Tramp; Epitaph for a Dead Beat; This Is Not a Novel; Springer's Progress; Wittgenstein's Mistress; and The Last Novel. His novel, The Ballad of Dingus Magee, was made into a film starring Frank Sinatra entitled Dirty Dingus Magee. He was found dead on June 4, 2010 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de David Markson

Wittgenstein's Mistress (1988) 1,555 cópias, 36 resenhas
Vanishing Point (2004) 497 cópias, 11 resenhas
This Is Not a Novel (2001) 419 cópias, 16 resenhas
Reader's Block (1996) 400 cópias, 15 resenhas
The Last Novel (2007) 367 cópias, 8 resenhas
Springer's Progress (1977) 121 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Ballad of Dingus Magee (1966) 102 cópias, 2 resenhas
Going Down (1970) 79 cópias
This is Not a Novel and Other Novels (2016) 62 cópias, 1 resenha
Malcolm Lowry's Volcano: Myth, symbol, meaning (1978) 45 cópias, 2 resenhas
Collected Poems (1993) 25 cópias
Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson (2014) 25 cópias, 2 resenhas
Epitaph for a Tramp (1959) 21 cópias, 3 resenhas
Epitaph for a Dead Beat (1961) 14 cópias
Miss Doll, Go Home (1965) 9 cópias, 1 resenha
Great tales of old Russia (1963) 6 cópias, 1 resenha
Women and vodka 1 exemplar(es)
Quel dritto di Fannin 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The garden lover's guide to Italy (1998) — Fotógrafo — 39 cópias, 2 resenhas


Conhecimento Comum




Ignore the David Foster Wallace afterward, which is more about DFW than Markson’s book. Simply enjoy the insane brilliance of Markson’s erudite madness.
archangelsbooks | outras 35 resenhas | Jul 16, 2024 |
Paradoxically, having practically gouged out my eyes reading large parts of Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson, I consider it a very skilful and clever book, an impressive feat of writing and somewhat like a work of (conceptual) art.

It is a story narrated by a woman who is seemingly the last human on Earth. I say seemingly since this is never qualified by anyone else and is only the word of this somewhat unreliable narrator who could quite possibly be stark raving bonkers instead.
She feeds us her piecemeal story of a married life and son’s death before some supposedly Armageddon-type intervention leaves her alone on the planet (as far as we can tell), frequenting countries, cities and art galleries whilst ruminating rather obsessively and pedantically on life, culture and the world’s and her own personal history.

So why was it such a chore if it was so good? I confess that my experience of Wittgenstein’s work is very basic but I believe Markson deftly weaves the linguist’s particular style and concerns with language into this novel in the manner of obsession with meaning of the central character. Constant and meticulous attempts (bordering on fanatically pedantical affection) to communicate exactly what is meant take precedent over plot and like linguistic branches, tangents of miscomprehension are exhaustively explored before the initial point/route is rejoined a few paragraphs or pages later, to continue the ‘story’.

Yet this is all so very clever and impressive that Markson can so convincingly write as this possibly insane character lamenting her lost son and life whilst ruminating on so many facets of existence. It truly is a great feat of writing despite the fact that it makes it a real trawl to the end. If you are a fan of novels that make you work and think and concern themselves with what it is to mean and be understood - this will be right up your street.
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Dzaowan | outras 35 resenhas | Feb 15, 2024 |
Gossip, factoids, zero narrative (or some very small fraction of narrative). I liked this more when I thought it was a one-off, but now that I realize that Markson has several books just like this...i don't get it.
audient_void | outras 15 resenhas | Jan 6, 2024 |
Interesting as a philosophical/psychological thought experiment, the subject being what it would be like to be the last person alive. Repetitive and almost completely without a plot.
audient_void | outras 35 resenhas | Jan 6, 2024 |



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