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									Mark Z. DanielewskiMark Z. Danielewski
Mark Z. Danielewski has never been a writer to follow conventions -- and his decidedly unconventional novel Only Revolutions -- a story of young lovers told in parallel free verse -- proved his instincts to be right-on when it garnered a 2006 National Book Award nomination.

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Mark Z. Danielewski
Current Home:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
March 5, 1966
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A., Yale University, 1988; M.F.A., University of Southern California, 1993
The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, 2001

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2006 National Book Award Finalist, Fiction

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Only Revolutions
by Mark Z. Danielewski
"A pastiche of Joyce and Beckett, with heapings of Derrida's Glas and Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 thrown in for good measure, Danielewski's follow-up to House of Leaves is a similarly dizzying tour of the modernist and postmodernist heights and a similarly impressive tour de force. It comprises two monologues, one by Sam and one by Hailey, both 'Allmighty sixteen and freeeeee,' each narrating the same road trip, or set of neo-globo-revolutionary events or a revolution's end: 'Everyone loves the Dream but I kill it.' Figuring out what's happening is a big part of reading the book," explains Publishers Weekly of Danielewski's National Book Award finalist.

An Author's Advice

We asked Danielewski what advice he'd offer to aspiring writers. "Write what you love. Love will hold you through the hard times and hold the world during the good times," he offers.

A Daring Debut

Danielewski's Reading List

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House of Leaves
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Danielewski's first novel was a mind-blowing labyrinth of filled with everything from film theories to footnotes. The book's cult popularity led to a reading tour with his sister, the singer-songwriter known as Poe, during which they opened for Depeche Mode. "[A] wonderful first novel, House of Leaves is a vast exploration and meditation on the paradoxical spaces that open out from -- or as -- our awareness," said The New York Times.

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Gravity's Rainbow
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In our interview, we asked Danielewski to tell us about some of his all-time favorite reads, and Gravity's Rainbow made his list. "It’s sweeping and tight. Profane and sacred. Tender and dangerous. And above all, it’s terrifyingly beautiful," he reflects on Pynchon's classic. He also mentioned E. B. White's Charlotte's Web as being an early influence.

*Charlotte's Web  by E. B. White
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