Vanishing Point is an experimental novel by David Markson which was published in References[edit]. ^ Joseph Tabbi (), The Encyclopedia of. In the literary world, there is little that can match the excitement of opening a new book by David Markson. From Wittgenstein’s Mistress to. Those who adored experimentalist Markson’s previous two outings (Reader’s Block, ; This Is Not a Novel, ) will be ecstatic anew as.

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He is putting disparate moments in history in conversation with each other But this is about as good.

Vanishing Point

It exists, but there is so very little of it that you could almost miss it. Mar 08, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it really liked it Shelves: In addition to his novels, he has published a book of poetry and a critical study of Malcolm Lowry. View Marksln Version of PW. I found it tiring and at times arbitrary. To his credit, most of the facts are interesting. In each case, it is vanisying it isn’t.

Enough to check out more of Markson’s works just to see what his actual writing vanishnig like. This book is awesome. A good writer is a rich writer, and a rich writer is a good writer.

Entries are rarely more than two sentences long, and there are ten or so on every page. And, like the two previous volumes of what does amount to a trilogy, all this does add up to more than its parts.

Vanishing Point is yet another Markson novel that, like the two preceding ones Reader’s Block and This is not davod Novelconsists of titbits, observations, aracana, quotes, and the like. He humanizes these legendary figures, emphasizing not their massive achievements but rather their quirks and failings and petty little feuds.


Books of the Week. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any poin measure. Author is obsessed with aging, death, and criticism from other artists. Jan 28, David rated it really liked it. The Best Books of This is not surprising considering vanising ‘parts’ are scarcely more than random facts.

This then becomes a substitute for traditional content, allowing Markson to fill a novel with nothing of what you might call “weight. David Markson is a writer who writes like this.

Vanishing Point – David Markson

This is now the second of his I’ve read, and both times, I felt baffled and confused and a little bit angry as I was reading through them, although I was more receptive to this than I was to Wittgenstein’s Mistress because a I knew I liked Wittgenstein’s Mistress a lot once I got through it and b the little anecdotes about famous painters, sculptors philosophers, composers, writers, and just a few filmmakers were often fascinating.

December 22 49 Dec 09, Just not in this order. Feuds between artists and snarky things said about each other. More By and About This Author. The pieces of information offered to the reader generally revolve around the arts, and specifically artists. Markson has written a book, entitled “Vanishing Point” composed as though on 3×5 index cards.

What was it Author quotes Anatole France as having said on page thirty-one?


Would I recommend this? Yet for all his supposed relinquishing of control, he’s omnipresent and clearly omnipotent, steering the narrative into increasingly murky waters.


Obstinately cross-referential and of cryptic interconnective syntax. Artists who were illegitimate or sired illegitimate children. Markson takes away all that’s vanjshing about form and structure, yet somehow still manages to convey a compelling story.

Reviewer is an artist. Artists and expectations for them given their education or literacy. They now come close to filling two shoebox tops taped together. By noting patterns and themes, the reader is to catch wind of the “plot”. How much does the Author have to do with what we infer? I still have all of these clippings stored in manila folders. Jan 12, Drew rated it really liked it Shelves: And the author himself does interject from time to time, at first seeming no more authorial than we the reader, which may ultimately be the point of the exercise.

Mar 27, Mike Puma rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It’s a stay against loneliness. Nov 22, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? He offers descriptions of the undertaking along the way, echoing his previous efforts — or, in some cases, quoting directly, as when he describes his undertaking as he had in Reader’s Block: