Postmodern Genius

Avant-garde lit. Formally inventive styles. So unique it hurts.
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478 books · 548 voters · list created August 24th, 2010 by MJ Nicholls (votes) .
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message 1: by Rayroy (new)

Rayroy great fucking list!


message 2: by Spencer (new)

Spencer Rich I'd like to suggest Ursula LeGuin's Lathe of Heaven as more suitably po-mo than her more famous Left Hand of Darkness. All the same--one of the best lists on this site.


Sentimental Surrealist The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is on here twice. Great list otherwise!


message 4: by David (new)

David Lentz The best list on Goodreads.


message 5: by Jason (new)

Jason Looks like another list of books i will have to read. Can you save these lists? Or is the only way just to bookmark the page?


message 6: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls Add all the books to your to-read lists. Job done.


message 7: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan This list is awesome.


message 8: by Nate D (new)

Nate D 38 down out those first 100. Many more amazing books to go.


message 9: by Nate D (new)

Nate D White Noise also shows twice. Is there a way to just search the list when adding to avoid this? In any event, I added way way too many selections. There's very little on my top 100 ever that isn't arguably post-modern I find.


message 10: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey If you're a librarian, you can vote through the 'add books' and check for duplicates through the edit option to avoid this. Otherwise, your best bet is to go to the most popular edition of the book and look through the lists it's on, as clicking on it through there will link you to its exact list position. There's no guarantee with the latter method, though.


message 11: by David (new)

David Lentz I just checked and ran de-dupe engine for this great list. Decided to buy this novel on Lulu: looks like an excellent value. I encourage you to support your Goodreads authors with your wallets. MJ is a devoted Goodreader and a wit. Buy and review his book on Goodreads.


message 12: by Matt (new)

Matt Can I add "The Public Burning" by Robert Coover?


message 13: by Peter (new)

Peter Stephan I dont think Don Quixote is postmodern...


message 14: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jan 31, 2017 10:36AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Unfortunately the duplicate check isn't working at the moment :-(
I noticed 2666 being on this list twice. Removing the duplicate by hand is not an option, unfortunately, as a duplicate check would not only remove the duplicate but would also combine the votes of the two books (and removing it by hand wouldn't).

There are only five pages to go through at the moment, so please, check the pages before you decide to add...


message 15: by Morgan (new)

Morgan Surprised Foucault isn't on this list. Added.


message 16: by John (new)

John Some of the books on this list are modernist, not postmodernist (e.g., James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot). Most scholars say that postmodernism started in the 1960s, although there were premodern precursors like Tristram Shandy and the works of Flann O'Brien.


message 17: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls John wrote: "Some of the books on this list are modernist, not postmodernist."

True. That's the problem with letting the public vote on things.


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