Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson

"Wittgenstein's Mistress" is a novel unlike anything David Markson -- or anyone else -- has ever written before. It is the story of a woman who is convinced -- and, astonishingly, will ultimately convince the reader as well -- that she is the only person left on earth. Presumably she is mad. And yet so appealing is her character, and so witty and seductive her narrative voice, that we will follow her hypnotically as she unloads the intellectual baggage of a lifetime in a series of irreverent meditations on everything and everybody from Brahms to sex to Heidegger to Helen of Troy. And as she contemplates aspects of the troubled past which have brought her to her present state -- obviously a metaphor for ultimate loneliness -- so too will her drama become one of the few certifiably original fictions of our time. "The novel I liked best this year," said the "Washington Times" upon the book's publication in 1988; "one dizzying, delightful, funny passage after another... "Wittgenstein's Mistress" gives proof positive that the experimental novel can produce high, pure works of imagination."

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The 802nd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 48th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Wittgensteins Mistress Hardcover 1659131 $58.04 1989
Wittgenstein's Mistress Paperback 7026149 $160.91
Wittgenstein's Mistress Hardcover 4210345 $169.14 $30.61 1988
Wittgenstein's Mistress (Dalkey Archive Essentials) Paperback 1665342 $16.95 2022
Wittgenstein's Mistress (Reissue) Paperback 1146574 $59.46 $4.67 1990
Wittgenstein's Mistress Paperback 640382 $39.86 $30.07 2006