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Against the day, Thomas Pynchon

Label
Against the day
Title
Against the day
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Pynchon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Spanning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War One, 'Against the Day' moves from the labour troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York, to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all.
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pynchon, Thomas
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3566.Y55
Literary form
novels
Summary expansion
Spanning the period between the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, Against the Day moves from the labor troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York to London and Gottingen, Venice and Vienna, the Balkans, Central Asia, Siberia at the time of the mysterious Tunguska Event, Mexico during the revolution, Paris, silent-era Hollywood, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all.With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places.The sizable cast of characters includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, corporate tycoons, drug enthusiasts, innocents and decadents, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, psychics and stage magicians, spies, detectives, adventuresses and hired guns. There are cameo appearances by Nikola Tesla, Bela Lugosi, and Groucho Marx.As an era of certainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes its their lives that pursue them.Meanwhile, Thomas Pynchon is up to his usual business. Characters stop what theyre doing to sing what are for the most part stupid songs. Strange sexual practices take place. Obscure languages are spoken, not always idiomatically. Contrary-to-fact occurrences occur. Maybe it's not the world, but with a minor adjustment or two it's what the world might be
Label
Against the day, Thomas Pynchon
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
BDZ0007558055
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1085 p.
Isbn
9780224080958
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Label
Against the day, Thomas Pynchon
Publication
Control code
BDZ0007558055
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1085 p.
Isbn
9780224080958
Isbn Type
(hbk.)

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