By William Gaddis
"Either the final actual masterpiece of the twentieth century or the 1st of our new millenium" —San Francisco Chronicle
William Gaddis released 4 novels in the course of his lifetime, enormous and intricate books that helped inaugurate a brand new flow in American letters. Now comes his ultimate paintings of fiction, a refined, centred fruits of his paintings and concepts. For greater than fifty years Gaddis accrued notes for a ebook concerning the mechanization of the humanities, advised when it comes to a social historical past of the participant piano in the USA. within the years earlier than his dying in 1998, he distilled the entire mass right into a fiction, a dramatic monologue via an aged guy with a terminal ailment. carrying on with Gaddis's career-long mirrored image on these elements of company technological tradition which are uniquely harmful of the humanities, Agape Agape is a beautiful fulfillment from one of many undeniable masters of postwar American fiction.
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