House of Leaves

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House of Leaves Fiction
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This tour de force debut novel examines the horrific absence at the heart of life - in the form of 'a story about a story about a story about a film about a house with a black hole in it.' But it's a lot more ambitious than the story it tells, and for that matter, deconstructs. It is the love of the difficult that brings such a work to light, making the easy seem finally possible. 709p.

Editorial Reviews

When Johnny Truant attempts to organize the many fragments of a strange manuscript by a dead blind man, it gains possession of his very soul. The manuscript is a complex commentary on a documentary film (The Navidson Record) about a house that defies all the laws of physics. Navidson's exploration of a seemingly endless, totally dark, and constantly changing labyrinth in the house becomes an examination of truth, perception, and darkness itself. The book interweaves the manuscript with over 400 footnotes to works real and imagined, thus illuminating both the text and Truant's mental disintegration. First novelist Danielewski employs avant-garde page layouts that are occasionally a bit too clever but are generally highly effective. Although it may be consigned to the "horror" genre, this novel is also a psychological thriller, a quest, a literary hoax, a dark comedy, and a work of cultural criticism. It is simultaneously a highly literary work and an absolute hoot. This powerful and extremely original novel is strongly recommended for all public and academic libraries. Jim Dwyer, California State Univ. Lib., Chico Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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