David Markson on Harold Bloom

From David Markson’s The Last Novel:

Where the synecdoche of tessera made a totality, however illusive, the metonymy of kenosis breaks this up into discontinuous fragments.

Somewhere declareth Harold Bloom.

It may be essential to Harold Bloom that his audience not know quite what he is talking about.

Commenteth Alfred Kazin — pointing out other immortal phrasings altogether.


  1. I HAVE A VOICE · March 19, 2012

    Excuse my ignorance, is Bloom being quoted within Markson’s book or was he critiquing this novel.?
    Thank you for your time.


    • Biblioklept · March 19, 2012

      Hi, VOICE,
      Bloom is quoted. Then lit critic Al Kazin is quoted (on Bloom). Markson uses this oblique technique repeatedly to criticize/canonize.
      I have a review of The Last Novel coming up this week.


  2. Biblioklept · March 19, 2012

    Great piece at Reading Markson Reading that addresses Bloom vs. Markson:



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