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  • Published: 8 September 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099533214
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 912
  • RRP: $22.99

Gravity's Rainbow




Thomas Pynchon's opus magnus, a post-modern masterpiece and a dark satire of twentieth century culture and civilisation from one of the all-time greats of American literature.



Winner of the National Book Award.

Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in 1944, has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Slothrop gets excited, and then, as Thomas Pynchon puts it in his sibilant opening sentence, 'a screaming comes across the sky', heralding an angel of death, a V-2 rocket. Soon Tyrone is on the run from legions of bizarre enemies through the phantasmagoric horrors of Germany.

Gravity's Rainbow is never a single story, but a proliferation of characters - Pirate Prentice, Teddy Bloat, Tantivy Mucker-Maffick, Saure Bummer, and more - and events that tantalize the reader with suggestions of vast patterns only just past our comprehension. It is a blizzard of references to science, history, high culture, and the lowest of jokes and among the most important novels of our time.

Winner of the National Book Award.

  • Pub date: 8 September 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099533214
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 912
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason and Dixon, Against the Day, Inherent Vice and, most recently, Bleeding Edge. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

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Praise for Gravity's Rainbow

“The best seller described as the kind of Ulysses which Joyce might have written if he had been a Boeing engineer with a fetish for quadrille paper”

Irish Examiner

“Pynchon’s masterpiece.”

John Sutherland, Guardian

“Thomas Pynchon gives us 20th-century fiction's finest memento mori.”

John Sutherland, The Times


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