But this is fateful!
- The Blot: A Novel by Jonathan Lethem
Cape, 289 pp, £16.99, February, ISBN 978 0 224 10148 6
- The Blot by Jonathan Lethem and Laurence Rickels
Anti-Oedipus, 88 pp, £6.99, September 2016, ISBN 978 0 9905733 7 1
Trying to make sense of Jonathan Lethem’s fiction as a whole is something of a fool’s errand: there is no easily discernible line from the early hipster science fiction to his big-selling detective story Motherless Brooklyn (1999), to his Cobble Hill coming-of-age novel The Fortress of Solitude (2003) to his intricate, ironic New York Buddenbrooks, Dissident Gardens (2013). Even his prose often seems like the work of a series of distinct writers: from the Philip K. Dick/Raymond Chandler pastiche of Gun, with Occasional Music (1994) to the loose, freewheeling style of The Fortress of Solitude to the clotted, effortful virtuosity of Dissident Gardens.
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