Pynchon will debut his new novel which has already aroused certain hubbub surrounding his enigmatic character.
Thomas Pynchon, his mind and his new novel ‘Bleeding Age’ /
Thomas Pynchon, the genius ghost of North American literature, is about to debut his most recent novel, entitled: Bleeding Edge. This will apparently be a tale —characteristically complex, paranoid and existential— that develops in New York in the year 2011, somewhere between the dizziness of the Internet boom and the terrible events of 9/11.
Like all readers know, Pynchon does not advertise. For largely unknown reasons, Pynchon decided to lead an anonymous writing career and a literary life where the character (he) would always be veiled. Pynchon is, in the words of one of his followers a “cryptogram”, and his readers are hackers or decoders of sorts, who must pour over his infinitely unfolding writings. And this speculation made him who he is, how he looks, where he lives, and promised him immortality, which is, of course, his own type of advertising. Penguin however, made sure the book got the attention it deserved by presenting this strange trailer, and by publishing the novel’s first page.
But perhaps to gain a deeper understanding into the mind of this enigmatic character, we offer you a documentary called A Journey into the mind of P., written and directed by Fosco and Donatello Dubini.
The documentary examines two minds at once: the mind of Pynchon the writer, and that of Pynchon’s fan, who is seeking to trap the novel’s overflowing information, while he is trying to build a coherent image of the man that is creating said reality. One of the interesting details in this documentary is that all the people who met Pynchard remembered him having different eye colours. Bleeding Edge, regardless of its commercial success, will add five hundred more pages to his body of work, for his followers to peruse and to unravel. Pynchon’s ghost continues, and will continue to haunt, the minds of thousands of people, changing little by little their mental chemistry.
In The New York Times, a review of Bleeding Edge by Jonathan Lethem.Tagged: books, literature, novels, Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge Thomas Pynchon