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The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

Book Basics

Title:

The Crying of Lot 49

Author:

Thomas Pynchon

Published:

1966

Genres:

Fiction, Novel, Speculative Fiction

Synopsis

The Crying of Lot 49 is a novella by Thomas Pynchon, first published in 1966. The shortest of Pynchon's novels, it is about a woman, Oedipa Maas, possibly unearthing the centuries-old conflict between two mail distribution companies, Thurn und Taxis and the Trystero. The former actually existed and was the first firm to distribute postal mail; the latter is Pynchon's invention. The novel is often classified as a notable example of postmodern fiction. Time included the novel in its "TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005".

Characters

Oedipa Maas, Mucho Maas

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