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Towards the day

Prospect's Thomas Pynchon correspondent is battling his way through "Against the Day"—and recording the experience

By Emran Mian   June 2007

If you’d like to discuss any of the ideas in this Pynchon diary, email Kamran Nazeer


Before anything else, there are the facts. No book since 1997. 1,085 pages, now it’s here. But the facts run out quickly. The dust jacket provides no photograph or biographical information about the author—it simply lists his previous titles. There is a synopsis, written by Pynchon, that situates the novel in time (“spanning the period between the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I”) and identifies some of its personalities (anarchists, balloonists, innocents and decadents, Nikola…

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