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Infinite Jest (20th Anniversary Edition): A Novel (Paperback)

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By David Foster Wallace, Tom Bissell (Foreword by)
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"Wallace is razor-sharp in his ability to diagnose the ills of modern U.S. culture.  Though as dark as that can be, DFW never loses sight of the goodness in humanity.  George Saunders called Wallace a "wake-up artist," and this is his clearest wake-up call."

— Andrew B.


This deluxe paperback edition -- featuring flaps, new cover art, and a new foreword by Tom Bissell -- celebrates the 20th anniversary of the original publication of Infinite Jest.

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.

About the Author

David Foster Wallace wrote the novels Infinite Jest, The Broom of the System, and The Pale King, and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl with Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Everything and More, and This Is Water. He died in 2008.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316306058
ISBN-10: 0316306053
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016
Pages: 1104
Language: English