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By William Gaddis

The publication Jonathan Franzen dubbed the "ur-text of postwar fiction" and the "first nice cultural critique, which, no matter if Heller and Pynchon hadn't learn it whereas composing "Catch-22" and "V.," controlled to count on the spirit of both"--"The Recognitions" is a masterwork approximately artwork and forgery, and the more and more skinny line among the counterfeit and the faux. Gaddis anticipates by means of nearly part a century the predicament of fact that we at the moment face, the place the genuine and the digital are combining in alarming methods, and the resources of legitimacy and tool are usually vague to us.

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