A great masterpiece by William Gaddis, with a new introduction by Rick Moody.
William Gaddis (1922-1998) stands among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The winner of two National Book Awards, as well as a MacArthur Genius Award, a Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he wrote five novels during his lifetime. He is loved and admired for his stylistic innovations, his unforgettable characters, his pervasive humor, and the breadth of his intellect and vision.
No other novel I know of catches up so much of contemporary reality, or renders it so exactly, and with such telling detail. -- George Stade New York Times Book Review