Oedipa Maas, recent heiress, enquires into the nature of her inheritance: trying to understand her own life and the motivation of her dead lover, she is led on am ambiguous trail of clues. The moment of revelation hovers on the horizon like a mirage. Pynchon's shortest novel, and one of his best.
About the Author
THOMAS PYNCHON was born on Long Island in 1937 and educated at Cornell. He is the author of V., THE CRYING OF LOT 49, GRAVITY’S RAINBOW, SLOW LEARNER, a collection of short stories, VINELAND and MASON & DIXON. He received the National Book Award for GRAVITY’S RAINBOW in 1974.
This surreal take on southern Californian subculture follows the fortunes of heiress Oedipa Maas. Her quest to find the truth about her inheritance, and to discover what motivated her deceased lover, sets her on a trail of vague clues which leads her into a web of international conspiracy. With his usual satire and wit, Pynchon depicts a kind of apocalypse which only he could imagine. Following on from V, this is a highly original book packed with sharply drawn characters. A 20th-century classic. (Kirkus UK)