Gravity's Rainbow (Classics Deluxe Edition): (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Paperback)
Gravity’s Rainbow contains all the features of the postmodern literary movement: encyclopedic information, divergent plotlines, time and space fiascos, high- and low-art marriage, and tongue-in-cheek self-reference. But what sets Thomas Pynchon’s novel (and Pynchon himself) apart from other postmodern efforts are content and execution that match equally his oftentimes eccentric style. Pynchon deals with opposing ideas: science and art, intellect and humor, time and space. He exploit’s the resulting tensions to illustrate perhaps his most important opposing idea: the opposition between chaos and order. These are not mere juxtapositions. They are harsh, disagreeable, and sometimes violent conflicts. Gravity’s Rainbow is a mosaic of opposing governments, militant factions, war-torn cultures and ideologies, all trying desperately to control the chaos of the war in their own conflicting ways, unaware of the fact that they are all exacerbating the entropy. Oh, and did I mention that this book is really funny?— From Geo
A Penguin Classic
Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.
This Penguin Classics deluxe edition features a specially designed cover by Frank Miller along with french claps and deckle-edged paper.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
About the Author
Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland , Mason and Dixon and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.
Frank Miller is the author and illustrator of Sin City and the 1986 Batman comic The Dark Knight Returns, which is regarded as a milestone in the superhero genre.
Winner of the National Book Award in Fiction