The Pale King is David Foster Wallace's final novel - a testament to his
enduring brillianceThe Internal Revenue Service Regional Examination Centre
in Peoria, Illinois, 1985. Here the minutaie of a million daily lives are
totted up, audited and accounted for. Here the workers fight a never-ending
war against the urgency of their own boredom. Here then, squeezed between
the trivial and the quotidian, lies all human life. And this is David
Foster Wallace's towering, brilliant, hilarious and deeply moving final
novel.'Breathtakingly brilliant, funny, maddening and elegiac' New York
Times'A bravura performance worthy of Woolf or Joyce. Wallace's finest work
as a novelist' Time'Light-years beyond Infinite Jest. Wallace's reputation
will only grow, and like one of the broken columns beloved of Romantic
painters, The Pale King will stand, complete in its incompleteness, as his
most substantial fictional achievement' Hari Kunzru, Financial Times'A
paradise of language and intelligence' The Times'Archly brilliant'
Metro'Teems with erudition and ideas, with passages of stylistic audacity,
with great cheerful thrown-out gags, goofy puns and moments of truly
arresting clarity. Innovative, penetrating, forcefully intelligent fiction
like Wallace's arrives once in a generation, if that' Daily Telegraph'In a
different dimension to the tepid vapidities that pass as novels these days.
Sentence for sentence, almost word for word, Wallace could out-write any of
his peers' Scotland on SundayDavid Foster Wallace wrote the novels Infinite
Jest and The Broom of the System, and the short-story collections Oblivion,
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and Girl with Curious Hair. His non-
fiction includes Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do
Again, Everything and More, This is Water and Both Flesh and Not. He died
in 2008.

David Foster Wallace—The Pale King

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