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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Don’t be surprised if this ends up with a five before too long. Apr 25, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wonder what would’ve happened if Markson had arranged them in such a way that they tell a clearer narrative – would it make a stronger novel, would it make more of a novel to begin with, or would it upset the balancing act between writing and destroying a novel that Markson pulls here, and what’s more pulls like a total pro?

But this is about as good. Half of this book isn’t written down. I found it tiring and at times arbitrary.

The Best Books of A novel that questions the very need for structure in literary form, setting aside plot and narrative in favour of what seem like random pieces of trivia and insights. Reviewer assumes that the technique employed is to be by piont the negative space of a narrative like a M.


Want to Read saving…. If the goal of the novelist marmson to ultimately convey humanity in truer and truer ways, Markson has done so more than any other contemporary novel I can think of.

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The facts in this novel relate to artists, composers, musicians, performers, philosophers, sculptors and writers including their time, place and circumstances of death – perhaps their vanishing point? Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

Simple idea executed devastatingly well; quixotically morbid and intriguingly vabishing – altered-state inducing. The sum was much more than the parts. Dec 26, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: Books of the Week. The brief bursts of information, covering the familiar and the bizarre, are generally entertaining; certainly, the narrative never bogs down.

Or to rip out any sections he was not interested in.

Here are the footnotes of a life. Quotes from Vanishing Point. View all 8 comments. And sometimes it gets obnoxious, after all it is easy to parody. He wrote three crime novels early in his career. The pieces of information offered to the reader generally revolve around the arts, and specifically artists. Vanishing Point, David Markson.


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It’s vanishinb a book I would recommend to many people, but I certainly appreciated Markson’s unusual blend of art and erudition. Vanishing Point – UK. Did I enjoy it? I still have all of these clippings stored in manila folders. Nov 30, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the big criticisms was that it didn’t feel like a novel at all, but rather like a collection of random anecdotes about famous people the “I-could’ve-done-that” card, which I never approve of, was pulled by at least two students slopped together.

How much is the Author responsible or irresponsible? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Names Wittgenstein was called. Unlike other haiku writers, he never wrote a formal death poem, Basho didn’t. He regards the real dvid of creativity as being in the rearrangement of his notes: Life is a matter of having the money to fuck around, generally borne of people who come to despise one another and call it Creation.


Same sort of thing sort of suggesting things about aging avant-garde Author via quotes and factoids re: It’s a stay against loneliness.

The cards are little factoids, such as “Rome, so-and-so died in”. Artists who became famous after abandoning other professions. The fact that Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni died the same day. Apr 18, Richard rated it really liked it.

Mar 08, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it really liked it Shelves: It is not just the choices of the biographical details which are so perfect, but the language used to express them is often dazzling – the chosen word order of the sentences is particularly impressive.


Escher drawing of fish. Or is there something else in control of these notes? He humanizes these legendary figures, emphasizing not their massive achievements but rather their quirks and dabid and petty little feuds. Though his audience is still small, he has become a minor master, and his name is surprisingly recognizable.