A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year
Spanning the era between the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I, and constantly moving between locations across the globe (and to a few places not strictly speaking on the map at all), Against the Day unfolds with a phantasmagoria of characters that includes anarchists, balloonists, gamblers, drug enthusiasts, mathematicians, mad scientists, shamans, spies, and hired guns. As an era of uncertainty comes crashing down around their ears and an unpredictable future commences, these folks are mostly just trying to pursue their lives. Sometimes they manage to catch up; sometimes it’s their lives that pursue them.
Thomas Pynchon is the author of V.; The Crying of Lot 49; Gravity’s Rainbow; Slow Learner, a collection of short stories; Vineland; Mason & Dixon; Against the Day; and, most recently, Inherent Vice. He received the National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow in 1974.
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Published by Penguin Press Jun 13, 2012| 1584 Pages| ISBN 9781101594667
"Audacious, bodacious, entropic, synoptic, electric, eclectic, entertaining, hyperbraining, high-roller, tripolar… Buy Against the Day." —The Philadelphia Inquirer
"[Pynchon’s] funniest and arguably his most accessible novel… With Against the Day, Pynchon proves himself the heir to [Conrad and Wells], and a matchelss fantasist of the real." –The New York TImes Book Review
"Rich and sweeping, wild and thrilling." –The Boston Globe