By Thomas Pynchon

Winner of the 1973 nationwide e-book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a piece as exhaustively major to the second one half the 20 th century as Joyce's Ulysses used to be to the 1st. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating research of the effect of know-how on society make it an highbrow travel de force.

This Penguin Classics deluxe variation incorporates a especially designed hide by means of Frank Miller in addition to french claps and deckle-edged paper.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable by means of introductions and notes by means of distinctive students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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