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  • Published: 9 August 1996
  • ISBN: 9780099532613
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $14.99

The Crying of Lot 49



A witty, chaotic and brilliant novel from the incomparable Thomas Pynchon.

Suffused with rich satire, chaotic brilliance, verbal turbulence and wild humour, The Crying of Lot 49 opens as Oedipa Maas discovers that she haas been made executrix of a former lover's estate. The performance of her duties sets her on a strange trail of detection, in which bizarre characters crowd in to help or confuse her. But gradually, death, drugs, madness and marriage combine to leave Oepida in isolation on the threshold of revelation, awaiting The Crying of Lot 49.

One of Pynchon's shortest novels and one of his best.

  • Published: 9 August 1996
  • ISBN: 9780099532613
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $14.99

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 The Crying of Lot 49

The best American novel I have read since the war

Frank Kermode

For the reader who has yet to make acquaintance with this important comic talent. . . an appropriate introduction. . .defiantly, purposefully outrageous

Spectator