Gaddis, William - "The Recognitions"
"The Recognitions" is the first book written by the American writer William Gaddis. The novel was published in 1955.
"The Recognitions" is an immense work both from a quantitative and a quantitative point of view: the book has had great importance in the history of twentieth century literature; in fact, Gaddis is considered the precursor of the post-modern novel.
The novel contains both objectively difficult parts and plenty of entertainment opportunities.
The main theme of the novel is the theme of falsification.
The paintings painted by Wyatt are false, the money passed off by Sinisterra, false are the identities with which Wyatt and Sinisterra wander around Europe (and which will cost death to the latter), false are the works of which they boast the foolish intellectuals of the Village to strut in their mundane evenings, false is even the body of the little Spanish saint sent to St. Peter for the canonization.
Gaddis questions anything, even the Christian religion itself. The falsificationism comes to the apotheosis when Gaddis suggests through the words of Wyatt that the fake is even preferable to the original: if this is true then what is beauty? Maybe it's just an ideal aspiration, an unattainable utopia.
"The Recognitions" is an epochal novel, a novel-world, in which the trajectories of dozens of characters, some even anonymous but equally unforgettable meet, intertwine and branch
From the stylistic point of view, Gaddis shows a great ability to use polyphonic writing.