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proto-post-modern literature

Darran "x-rayspe-x"
 
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin Classics)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin Classics)
"Every characteristic of post-modern fiction is contained in this mid-eighteenth century book. My favourite novel"
The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr (Penguin Classics)
The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr (Penguin Classics)
"A German imitation. Interesting contrast to the likes of Goethe. A rare teutonic attempt at humour"
Jacques the Fatalist: And His Master (Classics)
Jacques the Fatalist: And His Master (Classics)
"A French imitation. Breathtakingly modern. A brilliant, hilarious book. Far better than it's more famous contemporary, Candide"
Don Quixote (Penguin Classics)
Don Quixote (Penguin Classics)
"The ur-novel and the primary influence for the previous three on the list. Cervantes is the midwife of the modern spirit"
The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
"This is one of the funniest and most inventive novels ever. O'brien is a neglected master, who deserves a share of the fame given to Joyce and Beckett. See also At-Swim-Two-Birds"