Tlooth by Harry Mathews

This novel begins in a Russian prison camp at a baseball game featuring the defective Baptists versus the Fideists. There is a plot (of sorts), one of revenge surrounding a doctor who, in removing a bone spur from our narrator, manages to amputate a ring and index finger, a significant surgical error considering that the narrator is, or was, a violinist. When Dr. Roak is released from prison, our narrator escapes in order to begin the pursuit, and thus begins a digressive journey from Afghanistan to Venice, then on to India and Morocco and France. All of this takes place amid Mathews's fictional concern and play with games, puzzles, arcana, and stories within stories.

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The 2434th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 73rd on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Tlooth (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) Paperback 1540642 $12.40 $3.11 1998
Tlooth Paperback 10670723 $12.50 $2.34
Tlooth 1st Edition Hardcover 10391035 $20.00
Tlooth Hardcover 4652002 $14.99