Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel "Gravity's Rainbow"

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Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow" (1973), set in an alternative-universe version of World War II, has been called a modern "Finnegan's Wake" for its challenging language, wild anachronisms, hallucinatory happenings, and fever-dream imagery. With "Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, " artist Zak Smith at once eases and expands readers' experience of the book. A leading exponent of punk-based, DIY art, Smith here presents his most ambitious project to date -- an art book exactly as long as the work it's interpreting: 760 drawings, paintings, photos, and less definable images in 760 pages. Extraordinary tableaux of the detritus of war -- a burned-out Konigstiger tank, a melted machine gun -- coexist alongside such phantasmagoric Pynchon inventions as the "stumbling bird" and "Girgori the octopus." Smith has stated his aim to be "as literal as possible" in interpreting "Gravity's Rainbow, " but his images are as imaginative and powerfully unique as the prose they honor.

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Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow (1973) has been called a modernFinnegans Wake for its challenging language, wild anachronisms, hallucinatory happenings, and fever-dream imagery. With Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow, artist Zak Smith at once eases and expands readers' experience of the twentieth-century classic. Smith has created more than 750 pages of drawings, paintings, and photos--each derived from a page of Pynchon's novel. Extraordinary tableaux of the detritus of war--a burned-out Konigstiger tank, a melted machine gun--coexist alongside such fantasmagoric Pynchon inventions as the "stumbling bird" and "Grigori the octopus." Smith has said he aimed to be "as literal as possible" in interpreting Gravity's Rainbow, but his images are as imaginative and powerful as the prose they honor.

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'In his mind-blowing volume Gravity's Rainbow Illustrated (Tin House), porn performer Zak Smith is happy to mix the literal with the surreal whenever and however it suits him. The book renders in graphic form all 760 pages of Thomas Pynchon's famous 1973 novel, described by members of that year's Pulitzer Prize jury as "unreadable, turgid, overwritten and obscene", but which has since then been widely acclaimed... A very special work in its own right, it should be compulsory for Pynchon obsessives.' New Statesman: Thursday 19 July --New Statesman, Thursday 19 July 2007

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