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Thomas Pynchon - Author

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason and Dixon and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

Featured books by Thomas Pynchon

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with.     It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that love is another one of those words going around at the moment, like trip or groovy, except that this one usually leads to trouble. In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there...or...if you were there, then you...or, wait is it...

Other books by Thomas Pynchon

Mason & Dixon

Mason & Dixon

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2015

Die Briten Charles Mason und Jeremiah Dixon, ein Astronom und ein Landvermesser, nehmen uns mit auf eine Grand Tour durch die dunklen Gefilde der Aufklarung im 18. Jahrhundert, von ihrer ersten gemeinsamen Expedition ans Kap der Guten Hoffnung ins vorrevolutionare Amerika und wieder zuruck nach England. Wir begegnen Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, einem chinesischen Feng-Shui-Meister, einem sprechenden Hund und einem Enten-Automaten. "e;Man liest und liest, stt auf Stellen, Episoden und Sentenzen, bei denen einem der Mund offen stehen bleibt."e; (Die Zeit)"e;Ein Roman wie eine gewaltige Symphonie aus der Neuen Welt, und ein Sprachkunstwerk von einem ganz Groen der US-Literatur."e; (Stern)

Spatzunder

Spatzunder

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2015

Thomas Pynchon, seit "e;Die Enden der Parabel"e; einer der meistdiskutierten Autoren der literarischen Moderne, erganzte seine Werke um funf bisher nur schwer zugangliche Kurzgeschichten: von einer Weltflucht in militarischen Schlendrian, der mit der Realitat einer Naturkatastrophe konfrontiert wird ("e;Der kleine Regen"e;); vom Uberwintern des Lebendigen im Abfall ("e;Tiefland"e;); vom Todestrieb in physikalischer Verbramung ("e;Entropie"e;); von der Ratlosigkeit des Geheimagenten in Karl Baedekers Agypten anno 1898 ("e;Unter dem Siegel"e;) und vom Kampf kindlicher Phantasie gegen den alltaglichen Rassismus im Amerika der fruhen sechziger Jahre ("e;Die heimliche Integration"e;). "e;Die Kurzgeschichten besitzen bereits die Qualitten, die fr Pynchons auergewhnliches Erzhltalent typisch sind: nmlich die Kombination detaillierter, realistisch beschriebener Alltagswelten mit traumhaft entrckten Science-Fiction-Phantasien. Mit Gewinn und Genuss zu lesen."e; (NDR)

Die Enden der Parabel

Die Enden der Parabel

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2015

Das Leben als Parabel. Parabelformig ist die Flugbahn zwischen zwei Punkten, ist die Flugbahn der deutschen V-Waffen im Zweiten Weltkrieg, deren Entwicklung und Einsatz nur einen der zahllosen Handlungsstrange dieses Pandamoniums darstellen. Die Rakete als Sinnbild besiegter Schwerkraft, aber auch hybrider Mannlichkeit mit ihren katastrophalen Auswirkungen, lenkt den Blick des Lesers durch eine unabsehbare Fulle von Ereignissen. Thomas Pynchons groer Roman ist bereits zu einem Mythos der modernen Literatur geworden.

Die Versteigerung von No. 49

Die Versteigerung von No. 49

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2015

Die Hausfrau Oedipa Maas wird zur Testamentsvollstreckerin ihres ehemaligen Liebhabers bestimmt, des Immobilienspekulanten Pierce Inverarity. Sie macht sich auf den Weg durch Kalifornien und versucht herauszufinden, wer Pierce Inverarity war, wer sie selbst und was Amerika ist, und lernt dabei eine andere Welt als ihre bisherige kennen, die vollig anderen Regeln folgt. Umgeben von Ausgeflippten, Isolierten und Verstorten, die von der Welt ausgeschieden worden sind wie Abfall, scheint Oedipa einer jahrhundertealten Gegenverschworung auf die Spur zu kommen. Oder ist alles nur eine Fiktion, ein Wahn?

V.

V.

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2015

In den Notizen des verstorbenen Vaters entdeckt Herbert Stencil das ratselhafte Symbol V. Er und Benny Profane, der andere Held des Romans, begeben sich auf die Suche nach ihm, die sich zu einer burlesken, aktionsreichen "e;tour de force"e; entwickelt. Die Handlung spielt in einem von der ehemaligen Afrikakolonie Deutsch-Sudwest uber Malta, Florenz und Paris bis nach Venezuela reichenden totalitaren Weltstaat, in dem Begebenheiten aus der Geschichte und Vergangenheit dreier Kontinente vorsatzlich als geheimnisvolle, dunkle Machenschaften, als eine Verschworung von globalem Ausma dargestellt werden. "e;Fr diesen Autor gibt es nur zwei Mglichkeiten: Paranoia oder Anti-Paranoia. Entweder alles ist verknpft oder gar nichts. Entweder alles strahlt vom Zentrum weg, oder es gibt gar kein Zentrum. Entweder ist alles an Geschichte determiniert, oder Geschichte ist vllig bedeutungslos, eine Ansammlung von Anekdoten."e; (Elfriede Jelinek)"e;Pynchon kalkuliert genau die Akzente des Trivialromans - dessen Tonfall er geschickt imitiert - und der literarischen Prosa. Dem entspricht die Balance zwischen realistischem und phantastischem Erzhlen."e; (Gabriele Wohmann)

Vineland

Vineland

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2015

"e;Vineland ist vermutlich das zuganglichste Buch, das der groe Unbekannte je geschrieben hat. Der Roman beginnt mit dem Sprung durch eine Fensterscheibe und zerbirst danach wie sie in Myriaden glitzernder Scherben. Aber am Ende, wie in einem Film, der ruckwartslauft, springen die Splitter vom Boden hoch und fugen sich auf wunderbare Weise zu einem Ganzen."e; (Salman Rushdie)

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with.     It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that love is another one of those words going around at the moment, like trip or groovy, except that this one usually leads to trouble. In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there...or...if you were there, then you...or, wait is it...

Gravity's Rainbow

Gravity's Rainbow

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 21/10/2014

Winner of the 1973 National Book Award,Gravity's Rainbowis a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce'sUlysseswas to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.

Gegen den Tag

Gegen den Tag

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

Dieser Roman umspannt den Zeitraum zwischen der Weltausstellung in Chicago 1893 und den Jahren kurz nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg; er fuhrt von Colorado uber London und Gottingen, Venedig und Wien, den Balkan, Sibirien bis zum Hollywood der Stummfilmara sowie an ein, zwei Orte, die auf keiner Landkarte zu finden sind. Mit schrankenloser Phantasie und mit kauzigem Witz erzahlt Thomas Pynchon von Macht, Dynamit und zugelloser Geldgier: "e;Vielleicht ist dies nicht die Welt, aber mit ein, zwei kleinen Anderungen konnte sie es sein."e;"e;Das einzige Buch dieser Jahre, das die Welt, wie sie ist, tatschlich herausfordert."e; (Sddeutsche Zeitung)"e;Ein Meisterwerk, wie man es als Literaturkritiker vielleicht nur einmal in seinem Leben annoncieren darf aktueller als hier hat Pynchon nie geschrieben."e; (Denis Scheck)"e;Sein komischster und zugleich sein zugnglichster Roman."e; (The New York Book Review)"e;Pynchon lesen ist wie ein Sabbatical von all dem Mll, der uns umgibt."e; (Stern)"e;Unvergesslich eines der grten Abenteuer der Gegenwartsliteratur."e; (Focus)"e;Kaum eine der 1600 Seiten, auf der es nicht poetisch funkeln wrde, die nicht von skurrilem Witz durchzogen wre. Auf Knien mchte man den bersetzern danken."e; (Tagesspiegel)"e;Das Opus magnum im bisherigen Schaffen von Thomas Pynchon."e; (Neue Zrcher Zeitung)

Naturliche Mangel

Naturliche Mangel

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

Philip Marlowe in Schlaghosen. Kalifornien 1970: Der junge Hippie-Detektiv Doc Sportello erhlt den Auftrag, beim Bodyguard eines Immobilienhais Schulden einzutreiben. Als Doc aus einem neongrellen Marihuana-Rausch erwacht, kreist allerdings das Gesicht von Lieutenant Bigfoot Bjornsen ber ihm. Die Leiche des Bodyguards neben ihm sieht aus wie ein frisch geschlachteter Truthahn. Der Immobilienhai ist entfhrt, und Bigfoot, der Leuten gern seine Stacheldrahtsammlung zeigt, mag keine Hippies Pynchon, der "e;Shakespeare der Popkultur"e; (Welt) schreibt ber Verbrecher und Surfer, Manson und Nixon, ber das Ende des Summer of Love und die Geburt des Internets. "e;Das zugnglichste Werk des grten amerikanischen Autors der Gegenwart, die perfekte Einstiegsdroge."e; (Stern)"e;Einer der besten Pynchon-Romane."e; (NZZ)

Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2014

"e;Es ist 2001 in New York. Wir befinden uns in der Flaute zwischen dem Platzen der Dotcom-Blase und den schrecklichen Ereignissen des 11. September. Das Web 1.0 leidet unter pubertaren Angstzustanden, Googles Borsengang steht noch bevor, aber es herrscht kein Mangel an Schwindlern, die darauf aus sind, sich ein Stuck vom Rest des Kuchens abzuschneiden. Maxine Tarnow hat eine nette kleine Betrugsermittlungsagentur auf der Upper West Side, frher mal mit staatlicher Lizenz, doch die ist ihr entzogen worden. Was sich als Segen erwies, denn nun kann sie eine Beretta mit sich herumtragen, Kontakte mit zwielichtigen Gestalten pflegen und sich in fremde Bankkonten hacken. Im brigen fhrt sie das Leben einer typischen berufsttigen Mutter - zwei Jungen in der Grundschule, ungeklrter Beziehungsstatus mit ihrem Quasi-Semi-Exmann Horst, alles ganz normal -, bis sie sich fr die Finanzen einer Computer-Sicherheitsfirma sowie deren nerdigen, milliardenschweren Vorstandsvorsitzenden interessiert, worauf die Ereignisse sich in die U-Bahn strzen und unter Auslassung mehrerer Haltestellen ins Zentrum des Geschehens rasen. Bald macht Maxine die Bekanntschaft eines Drogenschmugglers mit einer Art-dco-Yacht, eines professionellen, von Adolf Hitlers Aftershave besessenen Riechers sowie eines neoliberalen Geldeintreibers mit Schuhproblemen. Und mit anderen Schurken, von denen einige seltsamerweise mit einem Mal tot sind. Werden die beltter entlarvt oder gar - unvorstellbar! - verknackt? Wird Maxine die Pistole aus der Handtasche nehmen mssen? Werden sie und Horst wieder zusammenfinden? Wird Jerry Seinfeld einen Gastauftritt haben? Werden die irdischen und die karmischen Konten ausgeglichen?Tja, wer will das schon wissen?"e;Thomas Pynchon

Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2014

It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dotcom boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left. Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her licence got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics - carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts - without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mum - two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighbourhood - till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler's aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course. With occasional excursions into the Deep Web and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channelling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the Internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we've journeyed to since. Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance? Hey. Who wants to know?

Gravity's Rainbow

Gravity's Rainbow

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

`The greatest, wildest author of his generation' Guardian We could tell you the year is 1944, that the main character is called Tyrone Slothrop and that he has a problem because bombs are falling across Europe and crashing to earth at the exact locations of his sexual conquests. But that doesn't really begin to cover it. Reading this book is like falling down a rabbit hole into an outlandish, sinister, mysterious, absurd, compulsive netherworld. As the Financial Times said, `you must forget earlier notions about life and letters and even the Novel.' Forty years since publication, Gravity's Rainbow has lost none of its power to enthral.

V.

V.

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2012

The wild, macabre tale of the twentieth century and of two menone looking for something he has lost, the other with nothing much to loseand ';V.,' the unknown woman of the title.

Crying of Lot 49

Crying of Lot 49

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2012

The highly original satire about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in a worldwide conspiracy, meets some extremely interesting characters and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.

Vineland

Vineland

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2012

';Later than usual one summer morning in 1984 . . .' On California's fog-hung North Coast, the enchanted redwood groves of Vineland County harbor a wild assortment of sixties survivors and refugees from the ';Nixonian Reaction,' still struggling with the consequences of their past lives. Aging hippie freak Zoyd Wheeler is revving up for his annual act of televised insanity when news reaches that his old nemesis, sinister federal agent Brock Vond, has come storming into Vineland at the head of a heavily armed Justice Department strike force. Zoyd instantly disappears underground, but not before dispatching his teenage daughter Prairie on a dark odyssey into her secret, unspeakable past. . . . Freely combining disparate elements from American popular culturespy thrillers, ninja potboilers, TV soap operas, sci-fi fantasiesVineland emerges as what Salman Rushdie has called in The New York Times Book Review ';that rarest of birds: a major political novel about what America has been doing to itself, to its children, all these many years.'

Against the Day

Against the Day

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2012

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year Spanning the era between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, and constantly moving between locations across the globe (and to a few places not strictly speaking on the map at all), Against the Day unfolds with a phantasmagoria of characters that includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, drug enthusiasts, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, spies, and hired guns. As an era of uncertainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it's their lives that pursue them.

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

Read the cult classic behind the major new film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Josh Brolin. Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon - private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog. It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that 'love' is another of those words going around at the moment, like 'trip' or 'groovy', except that this one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists. In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there...or...if you were there, then you...or, wait, is it...

Against the Day

Against the Day

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2007

Spanning the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, Against the Day moves from the labour troubles in Colorado to turn-of-the-century New York; from London to Venice, to Siberia, to Mexico during the revolution; silent-era Hollywood, and one or two places not strictly speaking on the map at all. It is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. Maybe it's not the world, but with a minor adjustment or two it's what the world might be.

Mason & Dixon

Mason & Dixon

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/1998

Charles Mason (1728 -1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British Surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined by Thomas Pynchon, in an updated eighteenth-century novel featuring Native Americans and frontier folk, ripped bodices, naval warfare, conspiracies erotic and political and major caffeine abuse. We follow the mismatch'd pair - one rollicking, the other depressive; one Gothic, the other pre-Romantic - from their first journey together to the Cape of Good Hope, to pre-Revoluntionary America and back, through the stange yet redemptive turns of fortune in their later lives, on a grand tour of the Enlightenment's dark hemisphere, as they observe and participate in the many opportunities for insanity presented them by the Age of Reason.

The Crying Of Lot 49

The Crying Of Lot 49

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/1996

Suffused with rich satire, chaotic brilliance, verbal turbulence and wild humour, The Crying of Lot 49 opens as Oedipa Maas discovers that she haas been made executrix of a former lover's estate. The performance of her duties sets her on a strange trail of detection, in which bizarre characters crowd in to help or confuse her. But gradually, death, drugs, madness and marriage combine to leave Oepida in isolation on the threshold of revelation, awaiting The Crying of Lot 49. One of Pynchon's shortest novels and one of his best.

Gravity's Rainbow

Gravity's Rainbow

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/1995

Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then, as Thomas Pynchon puts it in his sibilant opening sentence, 'a screaming comes across the sky', heralding an angel of death, a V-2 rocket. Soon Tyrone is on the run from legions of bizarre enemies through the phantasmagoric horrors of Germany. Gravity's Rainbow is never a single story, but a proliferation of characters - Pirate Prentice, Teddy Bloat, Tantivy Mucker-Maffick, Saure Bummer, and more - and events that tantalize the reader with suggestions of vast patterns only just past our comprehension. It is a blizzard of references to science, history, high culture, and the lowest of jokes and among the most important novels of our time. Winner of the National Book Award.

Slow Learner Early Stories

Slow Learner Early Stories

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/1995

Slow Learner is a compilation of early stories written between 1959 and 1964, before Pynchon achieved recognition as a prominent writer for his 1963 novel, V and containing a revelatory essay on his early influences and writing. The collection consists of five short stories: 'The Small Rain', 'Lowlands', 'Entropy', 'Under the Rose', and 'The Secret Integration', as well as an introduction written by Pynchon himself for the 1984 publication. The five stories were originally published individually in various literary magazines but in 1984, after Pynchon had achieved greater recognition, Slow Learner was published to collect and copyright the stories into one volume. The introduction also offers a rare insight into Pynchon's own views on his work and influences.

V.

V.

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/1995

The quest for V. sweeps us through sixty years and a panorama of Alexandria, Paris, Malta, Florence, Africa and New York. But who, where or what is V.? Bawdy, sometimes sad and frequently hilarious, V. as become a modern classic. This is the first novel by the author of Gravity's Rainbow, and a profoundly impressive and original work in its own right.

Vineland

Vineland

Author: Thomas Pynchon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/1991

Vineland, a zone of blessed anarchy in northern California, is the last refuge of hippiedom, a culture devastated by the sobriety epidemic, Reaganomics, and the Tube. Here, in an Orwellian 1984, Zoyd Wheeler and his daughter Prairie search for Prairie's long-lost mother, a Sixties radical who ran off with a narc. Vineland is vintage Pynchon, full of quasi-allegorical characters, elaborate unresolved subplots, corny songs ( Floozy with an Uzi ), movie spoofs (Pee-wee Herman in The Robert Musil Story), and illicit sex (including a macho variation on the infamous sportscar scene in V.).

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