By David Markson
Pressed through solitude and age, Novelist's preoccupations unavoidably flip to the tales of different artists — their genius, their loss of reputation, and their deaths. protecting his own heritage out of the tale up to attainable, Novelist creates an incantatory movement of interesting triumphs and screw ups from the lives of recognized and not-so-famous painters, writers, musicians, activities figures, and scientists.
As Novelist strikes via his final years, a minimalist self-portrait emerges, turning into an tricky masterpiece from David Markson's superb mind's eye. via those startling, occasionally comedian, yet usually tragic anecdotes we without warning determine the whole form of a man's life.
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