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historiographic metafiction or science fiction?,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Against the Day (Taschenbuch)
Elusive Pynchon's newest novel is certainly a tour-de-force.
Spanning over roughly a quarter century and more than a thousand pages, the reader finds himself literally overwhelmed by both, thinkess and precision. The spiderweb of correlating plotlines rolls over your mind boulder-like, but paradoxically maintains a lofty grandeur: Against the day is a rock with gems lingering on the inside.
We follow the Traverse family, with patriarch Webb, deeply influenced by Anarchist beliefs, as he lives his rebellious life towards a better America. Upon his assassination by Webb's nemesis Scarsdale Vibe, the plotlines around the rest of the "Dalton's" diverge into a myriad of different destinies, travelling to every part of the world.
Pynchon's extraordinary language that grasps not only landscapes, but also characters and scientifical notions, depicts the modern world of the fin-de-siecle to the pre-WWII period in a dazzling accuracy and deep-reaching sadness.
Stately, bright Pynchon interweaves, it seems compulsory these times, fact and fiction. Yet, may his novel be affilliated to the Postmodern characteristic of historiographic metafiction, as it self-reflexively displays an "other" world as we know it, or should we go for the "change one (or more) variable and see what happens"-definition of science fiction?
A much more fundamental question: Does it matter?
Enjoy the read, and brace yourself for an eternal time.