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Images of surrender and domination float through the Pynchon masterpieces. V counterpoised the beatnik Fifties in New York with the atrocities of colonial Europe, the concentration camps of South Africa and the wartime rubble of Valletta in Malta.
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It dispels any suggestion that, after spawning an entire tradition of comic-digressive and shamelessly intellectual American novels, he had gone peacefully off the boil when he reached his seventies. Against the Daypublished without much fanfare inwas a heart-sinking affair for his fans, a swollen, cryptic monster that gestured towards the complexities of earlier masterpieces without matching their unity or inspiration.
The amiable Inherent Vice was a Californian squib in the tradition of the minor novels Vineland and The Crying of Lot 49a Chandlerian whizz through the fag-end of the Sixties accompanied by a fuzz of dope smoke and surf music. Herself a candidate for investigations that skirt the edges of legality, Maxie suddenly finds that everything points towards the operations of an acquisitive tech company called hashslingrz whose cap-down styling and textual dysmorphia is the first of many spot-on parodies.
Before long Maxie is poring over videos of men hiding on Manhattan skyscrapers with Stinger missiles, scrutinising financial transfers to Arab hacker groups and exploring underground bunkers that may or may not shelter gangs of time-travelling brainwashed assassin children. This is, in fact, a relatively restrained cast list for a Pynchon novel: Armfuls of comic delight. bleeing
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon: The Rise of the Silver Novelist. The jokes in this novel, incidentally, are superb, with the comic tone perhaps a career high point: Always a comprehensive pyndhon, Pynchon has dug deep into Noughties geek culture and consumerism, transmuting this unpromising base matter into a glittering sequence of gags and puns.
This will be familiar rhetoric for Pynchon veterans, who are used to his fictions playing out against the kind of sociopolitical backdrop that sets the little guy on track for a bruising at the hands of the Man.
In Bleeding Edge this plays out on several levels. And then there is the punningly named DeepArcher, one of the strangest spaces in any Pynchon novel.
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DeepArcher is Pynchon reclaiming his debt from the novelists William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, whom his discontinuous, information-obsessed fictions helped to inspire.
A virtual no-space hidden in a Deep Web of encrypted connections and private bandwidth, it functions as a cross between a computer game and the kind of interactive environment we now know from Second Life: But like everything else here, DeepArcher is in tune with the preoccupations if not edgf technical capacities of its time. What can a book contain? Where does the world run out? Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon.
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