A novel constructed around the last great poem of a fictional American poet, John Shade, and an account of his death. The poem appears in full and the narrative develops through the lengthy, and increasingly eccentric, notes by his posthumous editor.
Tip: make sure to read the Foreword first, and click on the blue notes as you go along (or at the end of a sentence or so) or it won’t make a blind bit of sense!
Once I got my head around the complex conceit of the book, I was absolutely hooked. Even now I’m not ‘sure’ about the protagonist: you’re left guessing throughout. It’s gorgeously written and constructed; I’m so glad a friend recommended it. Enjoy!