P

P is for Thomas Pynchon. Pynchon before Old Ez, Ezra Pound, and before Edgar Allan Poe. Gravity’s Rainbow: my favorite novel of all times.

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O

O is for Charles Olson. He might have been a scatterbrain, poetically his vision coheres.

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N

N. I have to pass on N. No, I do not like Nabokov.

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M

M is for Herman Melville. Definite. Ben Marcus and David Markson have to take a seat in the second row.

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L

L is for Mark Leyner. Language as dynamite. It seems he does not write literature anymore.

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K

K is for Jack Kerouac. Who else? For me American literature started with On the Road.

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J

J is for Henry James. Even though I am unable to finish his big novels; the social worlds he depicts are utterly alien to me.

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I

I is for Washington Irving and his American transformations of German stories.

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H

H is for Nathaniel Hawthorne. Rather than for Hemingway.

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F

F is for Raymond Federman, I translated The Voice in the Closet. Hence no Faulkner whose work I find difficult.

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