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 humanizes these legendary figures, emphasizing not their massive achievements but rather their quirks and failings and petty narkson feuds. Whatever its point, the experience is great.

Vanishing Point

Beckett comes to mind, having sheared away at language and form in similar ways and in that one of his novels is also a dying man’s last thoughts. I read this for grad school, and half of the fiction workshop we discussed it in thought it was unbearable shit and insisted they “didn’t and would never get it,” which to me is the cop-out to end all cop-outs.

Or to rip out any sections he was not interested in. The fact that Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni died the same day.

Vanishing Point

In all languages dafid one. Curious to read the other two books in this loose series, see how they all fit together. View all 5 comments.


The mutability of fate, the fragility of fame; not surprising topics for an author setting forth on his xavid decade. Says one Goodreads reviewer. They now come close to filling two shoebox tops taped together.

If it can be said that this is an experiment ppint David Markson, does it remain an experiment, when he repeats the experiment for the first, second or third time?

I want to see one of his full narratives as this didn’t do for me what I had hoped it would after hearing and reading so much hype about it. It’s an interesting experiment but still readable. What was it Author quotes Anatole France as having said on page thirty-one?

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Vanishing Point by David Markson

Apr 05, Katie Schmid rated it liked it. Vanishing Point – Canada. Educated at Union College and Columbia University, Markson began his writing career as a journalist and book editor, periodically taking up work as a college professor at Columbia University, Long Island University, and The New School.

Trivia About Vanishing Point. Dec 26, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 03, Nick Craske rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 25, Adam Rodenberger rated it liked it Shelves: Apr 18, Richard rated it really liked it. Open Pick has been chosen closed 13 73 Nov 23, Apr 13, Jimmy rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book.


Probably by this point more than apparent — or surely for the attentive reader. Open Pick has been chosen closed.

So it’s a small step down, but still a brilliant effort. Jan 12, Drew rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 30, Ahmad Mmarkson rated it really liked it Shelves: What was it Marianne Moore said about omissions? Or, in other words, what is being a genius worth if you still have to die?

The cards are little factoids, such as “Rome, so-and-so died in”.

But sometimes it haunts you. When does an innovation cease to be innovative? Return to Book Page. There is no copyright in facts. Does Author survive the death of David Markson?