Mark Z. Danielewski: House of Leaves

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Danielewski’s debut novel has been lauded for its panache, scope and audacity; praise which climaxed in Brett Easton Ellis’s effusive review that elevated Danielewski’s work above the achievements of Pynchon, Ballard, King and Foster Wallace. The text creates an excess of authorial and editorial comment that results in a pastiche of narrative authority. Footnotes dance through pages, are reversed and inverted, in a manner which serves to undermine the intended clarity and accessibility such academic mechanisms traditionally revere. The narrative play between different voices is intricately managed by the typesetting. Major characters, like Zampanò, Johnny Truant, the editors and Pelafina, are each …

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Cox, Katharine. "House of Leaves". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 April 2007
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