House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

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Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth -- musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies -- the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story -- of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.


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About Mark Z Danielewski

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Mark Z. Danielewski was born in 1966. House of Leaves is his first novel.
 
Published March 7, 2000 by Pantheon. 736 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror, Children's Books. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Danielewski's eccentric and sometimes brilliant debut novel is really two novels, hooked together by the Nabokovian trick of running one narrative in footnotes to the other. One-the horror story-is a

Mar 06 2000 | Read Full Review of House of Leaves

The Guardian

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While Truant supplies a kind of naive criticism of Zampano's book, the writers Zampano reviews in his critique of the criticism of The Navidson Record are wholly obscure as they apply their different brands of film, literary and structural theory, building their tottering intellectual conceits o...

Jul 09 2000 | Read Full Review of House of Leaves

The Guardian

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House of Leaves Mark Z Danielewski Anchor, £13, 709pp Buy it at BOL Borges once explained in an interview that he often had ideas for esoteric books, which, however, he could not bring himself to write.

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Publishers Weekly

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Danielewski's eccentric and sometimes brilliant debut novel is really two novels, hooked together by the Nabokovian trick of running one narrative in footnotes to the other.

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BC Books

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With at least four narrators, (Will Navidson, who shot and edited a documentary about a house where the interior dimensions appear larger than its exterior entitled The Navidson Record ;

Sep 29 2002 | Read Full Review of House of Leaves

Examiner

Mark Danielewski’s novel House of Leaves is complicated.

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Suite 101

House of Leaves is a cryptic, loosely defined and ultimately confusing text.

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SF Site

I do not even touch upon words cleverly arranged on the page to reflect the narrative action, nor the brilliant manner in which the author continually mirrors back metaphoric and narrative content in a way that subtly shifts, alters and expands upon his novel's perspective, even when appearing to...

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But with the nested nature of the three narratives, and the opening flashback “introduction” letter actually being the end (or is it?), this book can be confusing, especially if (and you should) one attempts to take in all the footnotes and quotes and little bits of literary flotsam that are scat...

Feb 17 2012 | Read Full Review of House of Leaves

SciFi Mafia

Speaking of pages, the book is wider and taller than most books you read, and with the varying typography and sometimes varying margins, getting to page 100 is actually much harder than it sounds, and by the time you’ve gotten to page 200 you start to get the feeling that the book is expanding, m...

Feb 16 2015 | Read Full Review of House of Leaves

Weird Fiction Review

House of Leaves (Pantheon Books, 2000) is a cluster of stories told more in their metatext than text, a book that took ten years to write and has given rise to another book (The Whalestoe Letters), an album (Haunted, by Danielewski’s sister, Anne – known as Poe), and an author with a reputation...

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