Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow by Zak Smith

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One Picture for Each Page: An Illustrated Gravity's Rainbow features the work of an Ivy League-educated, punk-rock, porn-star visual artist who has created a drawing for every page of a novel that is widely considered to be the most difficult work of literature ever produced in English.

Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) has been called a modernFinnegans Wake for its challenging language, wild anachronisms, hallucinatory happenings, and fever-dream imagery. With Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, artist Zak Smith at once eases and expands readers’ experience of the twentieth-century classic. Smith has created more than 750 pages of drawings, paintings, and photos―each derived from a page of Pynchon’s novel. Extraordinary tableaux of the detritus of war―a burned-out Konigstiger tank, a melted machine gun―coexist alongside such fantasmagoric Pynchon inventions as the “stumbling bird” and “Grigori the octopus.” Smith has said he aimed to be “as literal as possible” in interpreting Gravity’s Rainbow, but his images are as imaginative and powerful as the prose they honor.
 

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Steve Erickson is the author of six other acclaimed novels -- including "Days Between Stations" and "Tours of the Black Clock" -- as well as two books about American politics and popular culture. The editor of the literary magazine "Black Clock, " he also writes about film for "Los Angeles" and teaches at CalArts.
 
Published July 1, 2010 by Tin House Books. 784 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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