The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? by Padgett Powell

The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?

byPadgett Powell

Paperback | October 5, 2010

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“If Duchamp or maybe Magritte wrote a novel (and maybe they did. Did they?) it might look something like this remarkable little book of Padgett Powell’s.”

—Richard Ford

The Interrogative Mood is a wildly inventive, jazzy meditation on life and language by the novelist that Ian Frazier hails as “one of the best writers in <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_country-region _w3a_st="on">America, and one of the funniest, too.” A novel composed entirely of questions, it is perhaps the most audacious literary high-wire act since Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine or David Foster Wallace’s stories; a playful and profound book that, as Jonathan Safran Foer says, “will sear the unlucky volumes shelved on either side of it. How it doesn’t, itself, combust in flames is a mystery to me.”

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Padgett Powell is the author of six novels, includingEdisto, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and two collections of stories. His writing has appeared in theNew Yorker,Harper's, and theParis Review, as well as inThe Best American Short StoriesandThe Best American Sports Writing. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award,...

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Title:The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.43 inPublished:October 5, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061859435

ISBN - 13:9780061859434

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“A remarkable collection of philosophical inquiries, stimulating either/ors and good-faith measures the gap between where we are as a species and where we belong. The Interrogative Mood demands to be read deliberately, for it is courageous and entertaining and interested in the essential mysteries of self and society.”