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By William Gaddis

The e-book Jonathan Franzen dubbed the "ur-text of postwar fiction" and the "first nice cultural critique, which, no matter if Heller and Pynchon hadn't learn it whereas composing "Catch-22" and "V.," controlled to count on the spirit of both"--"The Recognitions" is a masterwork approximately artwork and forgery, and the more and more skinny line among the counterfeit and the pretend. Gaddis anticipates by way of nearly part a century the challenge of fact that we at present face, the place the true and the digital are combining in alarming methods, and the resources of legitimacy and tool are usually vague to us.

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