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Vheissu: about Thomas Pynchon´s works

Vheissu is another site about the works of Thomas Pynchon (Long Island, 1937), author of complex, dense and dark (and funny!) novels. Apart from offering articles about his works -some 150 pages in print, this site focuses on the secondary literature on Pynchon, lists extended table of contents, offers a section-by-section reading of Against the Day, and is working on an integrated index for Pynchon's works (Against the Day done, and Gravity's Rainbow as indexed in Pynchon Notes, with some minor adjustments).

With this site ever-expanding, the site map has been updated and offers details of many pages. You can use it now as a kind of guide.

He started telling her about Vheissu. How it was reached, on camel-back over a vast tundra, past the dolmens and temples of dead cities; finally to the banks of a broad river which never sees the sun, so thickly roofed it is with foliage. The river is travelled in long teak boats which are carved like dragons and paddled by brown men whose language is unknown to all but themselves. In eight days' time there's a portage over a neck of treacherous swampland to a green lake, and across the lake rise the first foothills of the mountains which ring Vheissu. Native guides will only go a short distance into these mountains. Soon they will turn back, pointing out the way. Depending on the weather, it is one to two more weeks over moraine, sheer granite and hard blue ice before the borders of Vheissu are reached.

Thomas Pynchon, V., (1963): pp. 168-169.

News

The Modern Word is back!

After a hiatus of 15 years, legendary Pynchon (and Borges, and Joyce) web site The Modern Word, love child of Allen Ruch and Larry Daw, is being resurrected by Allen through the Ship Wreck Library.

International Pynchon Week 2022

International Pynchon Week 2022 will be held the week of June 6-10 in Vancouver, BC on the campus of the University of British Columbia, organised by Dr. Jeff Severs.

Online readings: Reddit/Waste

There's Reddit reading of Against the Day going on, as well as a Bleeding Edge reading at Waste's pynchon-l.

A small selection of this site's content below, but way more to explore!

Elsewhere, good stuff!

Thomas Pynchon Action Figure
Thomas Pynchon Action Figure, created by Ben Hendricks