Mulligan Stew by Gilbert Sorrentino

Widely regarded as Sorrentino's finest achievement, Mulligan Stew takes as its subject the comic possibilities of the modern literary imagination. As avant-garde novelist Antony Lamont struggles to write a "new wave murder mystery," his frustrating emotional and sexual life wreaks havoc on his work-in-progress. As a result, his narrative (the very book we are reading) turns into a literary "stew": an uproariously funny melange of journal entries, erotic poetry, parodies of all kinds, love letters, interviews, and lists -- as Hugh Kenner in Harper's wrote, "for another such virtuoso of the List you'd have to resurrect Joyce." Soon, Lamont's characters (on loan from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flann O'Brien, James Joyce, and Dashiell Hammet) take on lives of their own, completely sabotaging his narrative. Sorrentino has vastly extended the possibilities of what a novel can be in this extraordinary work, which both parodies and pays homage to the art of fiction.

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The 2491st greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 94th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)

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Mulligan Stew (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) Paperback 1561935 $36.35 $7.57 1996
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Mulligan Stew: A Novel Hardcover 3118701 $74.03 $5.45
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