ISBN10: 0316920045 ISBN13: 9780316920049 Publisher: Little Brown & Co Published: Feb 1 1996 Pages: 1079 Weight: 3.20lbs. Height: 9.75" Width: 6.50" Depth: 2.50" Language: English
First edition, second printing, with first state jacket ("Vollman" on the back panel rather than Vollmann). Signed and dated (3/96) by Wallace on the title page. Rubbing to board edges. Spine cocked and lower edge of text block lightly dust-soiled, both from the weight of the book. Jacket edges lightly rubbed.
Set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.
Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human - and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.
"The next step in fiction...Edgy, accurate, and darkly witty...Think Beckett, think Pynchon, think Gaddis. Think." --Sven Birkerts, The Atlantic