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Epitaph for a Tramp

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Published 1959 by Dell
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Bert
Jan 14, 2014 Bert rated it liked it
Epitomises everything you might look for in the hardboiled pulp novel - smart dialogue, stylish writing (tons of literary and cultural references), the dead ex-lover, cheap hoods and all set in beatnik-era Greenwich Village. Markson does it way better than most. I've been on a bit of a hardboiled jag for weeks now - the women, well you get used to them being naive or jaded, tramps or innocents - but the underlying homophobia really upsets my stomach. It's a weird trade-off, on one hand you want ...more
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Jul 07, 2014 Adam rated it liked it
With Markson's later work being post-narrative 'fiction', I don't know whether to take this book at face value as a Chandler-esque PI romp or as an homage to / satire of that style. In the end, he probably just wanted to get published. Either way, he does a good job of creating the quick-witted PI who's smart enough to know that he doesn't know exactly what's going on. The dialogue borders on self-indulgent, but it's still fun to read. I'll get to the next one soon to finish off the short ...more
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David Markson was an American novelist, born David Merrill Markson in Albany, New York. He is the author of several postmodern novels, including This is Not a Novel, Springer's Progress, and Wittgenstein's Mistress. His most recent work, The Last Novel, was published in 2007 and received a positive review in the New York Times, which called it "a real tour de force."

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