Read the First Page of Thomas Pynchon’s New Novel, Bleeding Edge

Pynchon first page

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Pyn­chon. What to say? An all-night marathon read­ing of Gravity’s Rain­bow changed my brain chem­istry. A cou­ple days locked in a room with V altered my real­i­ty for­ev­er. I read the first chap­ter of Mason & Dixon. Bought and for­got a copy of Against the Day. Scanned a review of Inher­ent Vice.

So maybe the lat­er Pyn­chon hasn’t grabbed me, or my leisure read­ing time has just evap­o­rat­ed. Or both. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. But now we’ve got anoth­er chance to gape at the reclu­sive paranoiac’s labyrinthine prose, since his new nov­el Bleed­ing Edge comes out Sep­tem­ber 17th. And pub­lish­er Pen­guin has thrown us a morsel—you can read the first page of Bleed­ing Edge (above), from Penguin’s Fall 2013 cat­a­log.

Described as a “his­tor­i­cal romance on New York in the ear­ly days of the inter­net,” Bleed­ing Edge takes place in a pre-lapser­ian 2001, “in the lull between the col­lapse of the dot-com boom and the ter­ri­ble events of Sep­tem­ber 11th.” The nov­el promis­es plen­ty of intrigue, dark humor, lay­ers of occult fore­bod­ing, “lamen­ta­tions about the ’60s coun­ter­cul­ture,” and “shady fascis­tic orga­ni­za­tions with futur­is­tic names.”

Read the full descrip­tion of Bleed­ing Edge at Gothamist.

Josh Jones is a writer and musi­cian based in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Fol­low him @jdmagness

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  • Bob Mrotek says:

    Go back and read all of Mason & Dixon. It is one of the best books I have ever read. The style may seem a lit­tle quirky at first but you will soon get used to it. This author is a genius.

  • Chris Roberts says:

    “Does­n’t suck,” the kids says. This first page sure does suck, his descrip­tions are flat and expressed in rote.

    Chris Roberts

  • Josh Jones says:

    Thanks, Bob! I’ll def­i­nite­ly give M&D anoth­er shot.

  • Stuart Clarke says:

    Against the day is fan­tas­tic as well, works real­ly well as a sort of spir­i­tu­al pre­quel to Grav­i­ty’s Rain­bow

  • Mike says:

    Pyn­chon jumped the shark.

  • steverino says:

    1st page but 32 at bot­tom left?

  • Dan Shark says:

    maybe after writ­ing top notch ever since 1965 this guy might sound like he’s not try­ing, and maybe he isn’t. Being 32 myself and just start­ing to com­pre­hend how to write this well, I can’t say what I might be capa­ble of after an addi­tion­al forty years, but hey, TP and the Inter­net, I am writ­ing about the Net too and would love to see what he does with it.

  • mohsin says:

    i love u

  • David Dickson says:

    Noone speaks of Vineland. Vineland is — among oth­er things — an exclu­sive oper­a­tion of renew­al of nar­ra­tion. Pairie’s cre­ation of her own role amidst all deter­min­is­tic his­tor­i­cal designs is tru­ly new and deeply rel­e­vant for the cre­ation of self­hood in 2014. Post­mod­ern inde­ter­mi­na­cy of mean­ing is arrest­ed, but in a com­plete­ly new way that makes inde­ter­mi­na­cy eth­i­cal­ly and social­ly sig­nif­i­cant. Is this enough to make you want to reread Vineland?

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