David Foster Wallace (1962-2008)

O The New York Times deu hoje a notícia, sob o título “Postmodern Writer Is Found Dead at Home”. Alguns excertos do obituário:

«Mr. Wallace burst onto the literary scene in the 1990s with a style variously described as “pyrotechnic” and incomprehensible, and it was compared to those of writers including Jorge Luis Borges, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo.
In a New York Times review [de Infinite Jest, o seu magnum opus, com mais de mil páginas], Jay McInerney wrote that the novel’s “skeleton of satire is fleshed out with several domestically scaled narratives and masses of hyperrealistic quotidian detail.”
“The overall effect”, Mr. McInerney continued, “is something like a sleek Vonnegut chassis wrapped in layers of post-millennial Zola.” The novel was filled with references to high and low culture alike, and at the end had more than 100 pages of footnotes, which were trademarks of Mr. Wallace’s work.
Michael Pietsch, who edited Infinite Jest, said Saturday night that the literary world had lost one of its great talents.
“He had a mind that was constantly working on more cylinders than most people, but he was amazingly gentle and kind”, Mr. Pietsch said. “He was a writer who other writers looked to with awe.”»


One Response to “David Foster Wallace (1962-2008)”

  1. Bibliotecário de Babel – D. F. W. on Setembro 17th, 2008 10:22

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