By William Gaddis
The booklet Jonathan Franzen dubbed the "ur-text of postwar fiction" and the "first nice cultural critique, which, whether Heller and Pynchon hadn't learn it whereas composing "Catch-22" and "V.," controlled to expect the spirit of both"--"The Recognitions" is a masterwork approximately artwork and forgery, and the more and more skinny line among the counterfeit and the pretend. Gaddis anticipates by way of virtually part a century the challenge of fact that we at the moment face, the place the true and the digital are combining in alarming methods, and the assets of legitimacy and tool are usually vague to us.
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