Holy sinners: narrative betrayal and thematic machination in Thomas Mann’s and Thomas Pynchon’s novels

@article{Spiridon2013HolySN,
  title={Holy sinners: narrative betrayal and thematic machination in Thomas Mann’s and Thomas Pynchon’s novels},
  author={M. Spiridon},
  journal={Neohelicon},
  year={2013},
  volume={40},
  pages={199-208}
}
This study draws comparatively on a modern novel—the biblical tetralogy Joseph and his Brothers by Thomas Mann—and on a postmodern—The Crying of Lot 49—by Thomas Pynchon. The two authors embark on the same path, although each one in accordance with his own literary age. They astutely highlight a series of illicit but conspicuous transactions between the narrator and his reader, intended to expose the sophisticated machinations of literature and to belie its sweeping “realist” claims. It is not… 

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