Fans of this type of prose, whose works do you like? I'm partial to Krasznahorkai, Bernhard, Sebald, Bolaño in By Night in Chile. Who am I forgetting or not yet aware of? Help me out
OP here, I really liked Light in August but don't know which Faulkner to read next; I guess I am mostly looking at this point for books with dense interiority (like the authors I mentioned). Thank you for your legitimate response!
My recommendation for first-time Faulkner is:
(1) A Rose for Emily, (2) Light in August, (3/4) The Sound and the Fury / As I Lay Dying, (5) Absalom, Absalom!. Take your time with S&F and Absalom. The more you put into Faulkner, the more you get out.
Once you've powered through the essential Faulkner, you can move on to his more pulpy or obscure material. Start with Pylon and Go Down Moses. I also read a collection of parodies and pastiches of his work called The Best of Bad Faulkner that was a pretty entertaining airplane read.
>widely acclaimed throughout academia and recognized as one of the most important writers of the last century
Just come out and say it: you haven't read him; you saw him posted a lot, noticed all the good things said about him, and, because you think shitting on authors you haven't read or don't understand makes you well-read, decided to spout baseless claims about him every time his name comes up. That's it, right? You haven't read him. Well, allow me to explain the greatness of Gass, why, despite the things people say about him, he is still underrated and underappreciated.
For one, of all of his contemporaries--Gaddis and Hawkes being two of them--he possesses the greatest depth. For example, look at The Tunnel: throughout the entire text, he addresses a great deal of philosophy and philosophical problems like the Sorites paradox.
For two, his prose is among the most beautiful and complex ever written: he weaves and sentences of unmatched skill; he composes sections like music, pays attention to the individual sounds of the words, and even goes so far as to create a fugue with language; and he considers the connotations and impact of each word, and, like Flaubert, searches endlessly for the perfect word to use.
All in all, he is an immensely important writer, and soon--in the next 20 to 30 years--he will be recognized as the greatest post-war writer.
there's been so much Gassposting on /lit/ recently.
Is it all one person?
Is there a meme I'm not a part of?
Can Gass really be this good?
I may as well have to read the Tunnel to find out for myself.
his 1200 page book Women and Men is a maze of winding expanding and contracting sentences, sentences that trace the creases of the brain as they fold moment by moment, the different cadences he finds for the long sentence is remarkable.
But if you think he's 'brainy' think again; at the heart of his books there's always a family, always a glimpse of the wider relations we set in motion through our private moments.
His recent novels, Actress in the House and Cannonball do have these sentences to, and are more available to buy. Lookout Cartridge has some amazing sentences.
If you want