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Wilson:

Wilson:

David Mamet

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-189-2
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Cloth
Overlook
10/1/2001

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The brilliantly challenging new novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet that is "...erudite as can be, engagingly mischievous and occasionally a little chilling." The Sunday Times (London)

When the internet and the collective memory of the 21st century crashes, the past is reassembled from the downloaded memories of Ginger, wife of ex-President Wilson. The transcripts take the reader on an intellectually breathtaking tour. In David Mamet's baroque, fragmented world, nothing is certain except the certainty of academics. In playing with the ideas of perception, understanding, accuracy, he dares to doubt them all. When truth is quicksand, the gag becomes a lifetime of stoic nobility.

After the Cola riots, the fire at the Stop 'n Shop, and the death of my kitten, what remains Can any sense be made of the texts found in the capsule or stuffed in the airlock Does the Joke Code still operate Has anyone seen my copy of Bongazine Who were the members of the Bootsie club Does the Toll Hound dance What was the meaning of the message written in Mrs. Wilson's urine Can Jane of Trent unlock this paranoia What were Chet and Donna doing in the boathouse And just who does Ginger think she is

"Wilson: A Consideration of Sources is a rum thing, and pretty much sui generis, although parts of it are reminiscent of Nabokov's Pale Fire, an old science fiction novel by Walter Miller called A Canticle for Leibowitz and, oddly a bunch of saterical Augustan Brits; the Pope of Variorum Dunciad, the Swift of Tale of the Tub, and the Gibbon cited by Mamet in his earlier essay collection, Some Freaks: 'A cloud of critics, of compilers, of commentators, darkened the face of learning.'" Kevin Jackson, The Sunday Times (London)

"The enthusiasms of Mr. Mamet...are the more infectious because they come from someone whose best-known writing is so terse, so spare, so direct. [Wilson: A consideration of Sources] is a protracted and unflagging literary gag which will resonate with practitioners, and with those who have been on the receiving end of 'pure scholarship.'" John Coldstream, The Sunday Telegraph

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