By David Markson

Wittgenstein's Mistress is a singular not like something David Markson or a person else has ever written ahead of. it's the tale of a lady who's confident and, astonishingly, will eventually persuade the reader in addition that she is the single individual left on earth.

Presumably she is mad. And but so beautiful is her personality, and so witty and seductive her narrative voice, that we'll persist with her hypnotically as she unloads the highbrow luggage of a life-time in a chain of irreverent meditations on every little thing and everyone from Brahms to intercourse to Heidegger to Helen of Troy. And as she contemplates elements of the afflicted prior that have introduced her to her current state―obviously a metaphor for final loneliness―so too will her drama turn into one of many few certifiably unique fictions of our time.

“The novel I loved top this year,” acknowledged the Washington Times upon the book’s book; “one dizzying, pleasant, humorous passage after one other . . . Wittgenstein’s Mistress offers facts optimistic that the experimental novel can produce excessive, natural works of imagination.”

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