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Every system has a flaw. The creator of the capitalist system, Adam Smith, said excessive greed will defeat his system; which made use of greed in moderate amounts. Socialism has obvious flaws, too, but the topic of this post is experimental literature. Influential writers experiment, but we all know limits exist. JR by William Gaddis satires capitalism and his use of unattributed dialogue may limit his appeal. “Too much” is a problem in economics and experimental literature.

A the bottom of this post, I made a list of experimental fiction, but most of these authors have multiple novels fitting this category. I only list one per author. I used the Photofunia app to make the image on the left. But first, the reason I made this post:

Some of my experiments in writing – blow up. I dabbled with a typesetting app; which, in theory would let me use some innovative typography – but it bombed. I probably will fit in with experimental literature even if I throw out my riskier experiments.

Laurence Sterne – The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759
James Joyce – Ulysses
Jack Kerouac – Visions of Gerard
William S. Burroughs – Naked Lunch
Thomas Pynchon‘s – Gravity’s Rainbow
John Barth – The Sot-Weed Factor
Edwin A. Abbott – Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
David Foster Wallace – Infinite Jest
Mark Danielewski – House of Leaves
Italo Calvino – If on a winter’s night a traveler
Michael Ondaatje – The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
Julio Cortázar – Hopscotch
Juan Rulfo – Pedro Paramo
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
Mario Vargas Llosa – The War of the End of the World
Giannina Braschi – Yo-Yo Boing!
Lezama Lima – Paradise
Dimitris Lyacos – Z213: Exit
David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas
Vladimir Nabokov – Pale Fire
William Faulkner – The Sound and the Fury
Anthony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange
Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse-Five
Virginia Woolf – Orlando
Flann O’Brien – At Swim-Two-Birds
David Markson – Wittgenstein’s Mistress
Robert Shea – The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid/The Golden Apple/Leviathan
Chuck Palahniuk  – Fight Club
Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho
Philip K. Dick – The Man in the High Castle
Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair

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