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Publisher Description

In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness--a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.
These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion").
Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2004
June 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Little, Brown and Company
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
911.3
KB

Customer Reviews

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Thoroughly depressing

I pretty much love everything else I’ve read by DFW. But this book really shows how troubled Wallace was at this time in his career. It does nothing to disguise the ugliness that the author seemed to see all around him and transmogrify into fiction. His writing style is still signature-DFW, but the subject matter is just dark, pessimistic, and patently unattractive. If you enjoyed Infinite Jest (which you probably did if you finished it) it’s absolutely no guarantee you’ll like oblivion.

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