Vanishing Point is an experimental novel by David Markson which was published in References[edit]. ^ Joseph Tabbi (), The Encyclopedia of. In the literary world, there is little that can match the excitement of opening a new book by David Markson. From Wittgenstein’s Mistress to. Those who adored experimentalist Markson’s previous two outings (Reader’s Block, ; This Is Not a Novel, ) will be ecstatic anew as.

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Aug 27, Gabriel added it Shelves: A collection of trivia, often very witty and ocassionally sad, hypnotizes you over pages and just when your ready to put it down as fun little read punches you in the proverbial gut.

He forgot Wittgenstein’s Mistress. But sometimes it haunts you. I love David Markson. How much does the Author have to do with what we infer? Not an ironic lot on the whole, catalogers.

Author says Burton says. He regards piont real act of creativity as being in the rearrangement of his notes: Charles Darwin was known to slice a fat book in half, to make it easier to handle.

This is no different fanishing traditional first-person narratives, where diction can be read to infer psychological states in addition to all the usual signifiers. But this is about as good. Proclaimed an awesomely cognizant, incomparably discerning magazine editor named Lewis Lapham ca. Open Preview See a Problem? Dec 22, Shadday rated it it was amazing.


Even in those cases w Markson’s books work best in retrospect. I think these books’ style might be good to entice “non-readers” to join ranks, step out on the plank and plunge into what we all hold as “passion ground” for the soul. David Markson is a writer who writes like this. View Full Version of PW. Markson was first brought to my attention by a colleague, and then shortly after by stumbling upon one of his novels buried deep within the literary criticism section of our library, presumably because avnishing catalogers had taken the title, ‘This Is Not a Novel,’ at face value.


It fits to the current mindset of limited concentration, of needy stimulus to engage prolonged fixation upon subject. I want to see one of his full narratives as this didn’t do for me what I had hoped it would after hearing and reading so much hype about it. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

So it’s a small step down, but still a brilliant effort. Similarities are also noted: Jun 30, Jim Coughenour rated it liked it Shelves: I found it tiring and at times arbitrary. Paperbackpages. And, like the two previous volumes of what does amount to a trilogy, all this does add up to more than its parts.


Vanishing Point by David Markson

The sum was much more than the parts. Or is there something else in control of these notes?

Quotes from Vanishing Point. Thousands of facts about esoteric thinkers’ and artists’ lives scroll by—”Frozen music, Shilling called architecture,” is representative—the accumulated tidbits of years of reading.

Beckett comes to mind, magkson sheared away at language and form in similar ways and in that one of his novels is also a dying man’s last thoughts. A good pooint is a rich writer, and a rich writer is a good writer.

A novel of death and laughter both — and of extraordinary intellectual richness. The premise is simple: There is no copyright in lists. I’m right in the middle on this one, neither a fan nor a detractor.

Like in Invisible Cities it would be very interesting to do some research on some of the epigraphs, take a closer look at the structure etc.

We are left wondering, as Author does, “Where can the book possibly wind up without him?