By William Gaddis
The e-book Jonathan Franzen dubbed the "ur-text of postwar fiction" and the "first nice cultural critique, which, no matter if Heller and Pynchon hadn't learn it whereas composing "Catch-22" and "V.," controlled to expect the spirit of both"--"The Recognitions" is a masterwork approximately artwork and forgery, and the more and more skinny line among the counterfeit and the pretend. Gaddis anticipates via nearly part a century the hindrance of truth that we presently face, the place the genuine and the digital are combining in alarming methods, and the assets of legitimacy and tool are usually vague to us.
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