The Recognitions (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

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Wyatt Gwyon's desire to forge is not driven by larceny but from love.Exactingly faithful to the spirit and letter of the Flemish masters, he produces uncannily accurate 'originals' - pictures the painters themselves might have envied.In an age of counterfeit emotion and taste, the real and fake have become indistinguishable; yet Gwyon's forgeries reflect a truth that others cannot touch - cannot even recognize.Contemporary life collapses the distinction between the 'real' and the 'virtual' world, and Gaddis' novel pre-empts our common obsessions by almost half a century.This novel tackles the blurring of perceptual boundaries, The Matrix and Bladerunner pale in comparison to this epic novel.

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"The Recognitions" is always spoken of as the most overlooked important work of the last several literary generations... Through the famous obscurity of "The Recognitions," Mr. Gaddis has become famous for not being famous enough.--Cynthia Ozick

"The Recognitions" is always spoken of as the most overlooked important work of the last several literary generations... Through the famous obscurity of "The Recognitions," Mr. Gaddis has become famous for not being famous enough.--Cynthia Ozick

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WILLIAM GADDIS (1922-98) was one of the greatest writers in twentieth-century America.He wrote five novels and won two National Book Awards, for JR (1976) and for A Frolic of His Own (1995).His other landmark novels include: The Recognitions (1955) and Carpenter's Gothic (1985).Agape Agape was published by Atlantic in 2002.

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