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Thomas Pynchon

Data de nascimento: 8. Maio 1937

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Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. é um escritor americano, conhecido principalmente por seus livros longos e complexos - às vezes com centenas de personagens e dezenas de histórias paralelas -, Thomas é um dos principais expoentes do romance pós-moderno, juntamente com William Gaddis, John Barth, Donald Barthelme, Don Delillo e Paul Auster.

Ganhador do National Book Awards, seu nome é constantemente citado como concorrente ao Nobel de Literatura. Em 1988, foi premiado pela Fundação MacArthur. O crítico literário Harold Bloom nomeou Pynchon um dos quatro romancistas anglófonos "canonizáveis" de seu tempo - ao lado de Don DeLillo, Philip Roth e Cormac McCarthy.

Sua ficção abrange diversos campos, como física, matemática, química, filosofia, parapsicologia, história, mitologia, ocultismo, música pop, quadrinhos, cinema, drogas e psicologia, unindo-os de maneira picaresca, humorística, absurda, poética e sombria. A preocupação central da obra de Pynchon é explorar a acumulação e a inter-relação entre estes diferentes conhecimentos, que resultariam em uma realidade entrópica tangível apenas pela paranóia. Ele também é conhecido pela reclusão em que vive, o que gerou diversos rumores sobre sua real identidade.[1] Nunca concedeu entrevistas e as únicas fotos conhecidas dele datam de sua juventude.

Citações Thomas Pynchon

„Uma geração atrás, o número cada vez menor de nascimentos de crianças vivas entre os herero era um assunto de grande interesse para os médicos de toda a África meridional. Os brancos preocupavam-se, de tal modo como se o gado estivesse atacado de peste bovina. Uma coisa desagradável, ver a população subjugada diminuindo daquele jeito anos após ano. O que é uma colônia sem seus nativos de pele escura? Que graça tem, se todos eles vão morrer? Apenas uma ampla extensão de deserto, sem criadas, sem trabalhadores rurais, sem operários para a construção civil e as minas - peraí, um minuto, é ele sim, Karl Marx, aquele velho racista manhoso, escapulindo de fininho, com os dentes trincados, sobrancelhas arqueadas, tentando fazer de conta que é só uma questão de Mão-de-Obra Barata e Mercados Internacionais... Ah, não. Uma colônia é muito mais que isso. A colônia é a latrina da alma européia, onde o sujeito pode baixar as calças e relaxar, gozando o cheiro de sua própria merda. Onde ele pode agarrar sua presa esguia rugindo com todas as forças sempre que lhe der na veneta, e beber-lhe o sangue com prazer incontido. Não é? Onde ele pode chafurdar, em pleno cio, e entregar-se a uma maciez, uma escuridão receptiva de braços e pernas, cabelos tão encarapinhados quanto os pêlos de sua própria genitália proibida. Onde a papoula, o cânhamo e a coca crescem luxuriantes, verdejantes, e não com a cores e o estilo da morte, como a cravagem e o agárico, as pragas e os fungos nativos da Europa. A Europa cristã sempre foi morte, Karl, morte e repressão. Lá fora, nas colônias, pode-se viver a vida, dedicar-se à vida e à sensualidade em todas as suas formas, sem prejudicar em nada a Metrópole, nada que suje aquelas catedrais, estátuas de mármore branco, pensamentos nobres... As notícias nunca chegam lá. Os silêncios aqui são tão amplos que absorvem todos os comportamentos, por mais sujos e animalescos que sejam...“

— Thomas Pynchon
Gravity's Rainbow

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„Who claims Truth, Truth abandons.“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: Who claims Truth, Truth abandons. History is hir'd, or coerc'd, only in Interests that must ever prove base. She is too innocent, to be left within the reach of anyone in Power, — who need but touch her, and all her Credit is in the instant vanish'd, as if it had never been. She needs rather to be tended lovingly and honorably by fabulists and counterfeiters, Ballad-Mongers and Cranks of ev'ry Radius, Masters of Disguise to provide her the Costume, Toilette, and Bearing, and Speech nimble enough to keep her beyond the Desires, or even the Curiosity, of Government. Ch. 35

„I want you to hold this for me, till I ask for it back. It looks like Italo is going to get here before Tamara, and I'm not sure which one“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: "You." A finger the size of a corncob, an inch from Slothrop's nose. ... "Look," Slothrop's friend producing a kraft-paper envelope that even in the gloom Slothrop can tell is fat with American Army yellow-seal scrip, "I want you to hold this for me, till I ask for it back. It looks like Italo is going to get here before Tamara, and I'm not sure which one" "At this rate, Tamara's gonna get here before tonight," Slothrop interjects in a Groucho Marx voice. "Don't try to undermine my confidence in you," advises the Large One. "You're the man."

„Don't jump at an infinite number of possible shapes. There's only one. It is most likely an interface between one order of things and another.“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: No, as none of these, but instead a point in space, a point hung precise as the point where burning must end, never launched, never to fall. And what is the specific shape whose center of gravity is the Brennschluss Point? Don't jump at an infinite number of possible shapes. There's only one. It is most likely an interface between one order of things and another. There's a Brennschluss point for every firing site. They still hang up there, all of them, a constellation waiting to have a 13th sign of the Zodiac named for it...

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„Don't try to undermine my confidence in you“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: "You." A finger the size of a corncob, an inch from Slothrop's nose. ... "Look," Slothrop's friend producing a kraft-paper envelope that even in the gloom Slothrop can tell is fat with American Army yellow-seal scrip, "I want you to hold this for me, till I ask for it back. It looks like Italo is going to get here before Tamara, and I'm not sure which one" "At this rate, Tamara's gonna get here before tonight," Slothrop interjects in a Groucho Marx voice. "Don't try to undermine my confidence in you," advises the Large One. "You're the man."

„This ascent will be betrayed to Gravity. But the Rocket engine, the deep cry of combustion that jars the soul, promises escape. The victim, in bondage to falling, rises on a promise, a prophecy, of Escape....“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: This ascent will be betrayed to Gravity. But the Rocket engine, the deep cry of combustion that jars the soul, promises escape. The victim, in bondage to falling, rises on a promise, a prophecy, of Escape.... Moving now toward the kind of light where at last the apple is apple-colored. The knife cuts through the apple like a knife cutting an apple. Everything is where it is, no clearer than usual, but certainly more present. So much has to be left behind now, so quickly.

„If he’d been the type who evolves theories of history for his own amusement, he might have said all political events: wars, governments and uprisings, have the desire to get laid as their roots; because history unfolds according to economic forces and the only reason anybody wants to get rich is so he can get laid steadily, with whoever he chooses.“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: The eyes of New York women do not see the wandering bums or the boys with no place to go. Material wealth and getting laid strolled arm-in-arm the midway of Profane’s mind. If he’d been the type who evolves theories of history for his own amusement, he might have said all political events: wars, governments and uprisings, have the desire to get laid as their roots; because history unfolds according to economic forces and the only reason anybody wants to get rich is so he can get laid steadily, with whoever he chooses. All he believed at this point, on the bench behind the library was, that any body who worked for inanimate money so he could by more inanimate objects was out of his head. Inanimate money was to get animate warmth, dead fingernails in the living shoulderblades, quick cries against the pillow, tangled hair, lidded eyes, listing loins. Chapter Eight

„What have the watchmen of the world's edge come tonight to look for? Deepening on now, monumental beings stoical, on toward slag, toward ash the colour the night will stabilize at, tonight... what is there grandiose enough to witness?“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: Out at the horizon, out near the burnished edge of the world, who are these visitors standing... these robed figures — perhaps, at this distance, hundreds of miles tall — their faces, serene, unattached, like the Buddha's, bending over the sea, impassive, indeed, as the Angel that stood over Lübeck during the Palm Sunday raid, come that day neither to destroy nor to protect, but to bear witness to a game of seduction... What have the watchmen of the world's edge come tonight to look for? Deepening on now, monumental beings stoical, on toward slag, toward ash the colour the night will stabilize at, tonight... what is there grandiose enough to witness?

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„But the reality is in this head. Mine. I’m the projector at the planetarium, all the closed little universe visible in the circle of that stage is coming out of my mouth, eyes, sometimes other orifices also.“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: You don’t understand,” getting mad. “You guys, you’re like Puritans are about the Bible. So hung up with words, words. You know where that play exists, not in that file cabinet, not in any paperback you’re looking for, but—” a hand emerged from the veil of shower-steam to indicate his suspended head—“in here. That’s what I’m for. To give the spirit flesh. The words, who cares? They’re rote noises to hold line bashes with, to get past the bone barrier around an actor’s memory, right? But the reality is in this head. Mine. I’m the projector at the planetarium, all the closed little universe visible in the circle of that stage is coming out of my mouth, eyes, sometimes other orifices also. Chapter 3

„Out at the horizon, out near the burnished edge of the world, who are these visitors standing... these robed figures —“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: Out at the horizon, out near the burnished edge of the world, who are these visitors standing... these robed figures — perhaps, at this distance, hundreds of miles tall — their faces, serene, unattached, like the Buddha's, bending over the sea, impassive, indeed, as the Angel that stood over Lübeck during the Palm Sunday raid, come that day neither to destroy nor to protect, but to bear witness to a game of seduction... What have the watchmen of the world's edge come tonight to look for? Deepening on now, monumental beings stoical, on toward slag, toward ash the colour the night will stabilize at, tonight... what is there grandiose enough to witness?

„As spread thighs are to the libertine, flights of migratory birds to the ornithologist, the working part of his tool bit to the production machinist, so was the letter V to young Stencil.“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: As spread thighs are to the libertine, flights of migratory birds to the ornithologist, the working part of his tool bit to the production machinist, so was the letter V to young Stencil. He would dream perhaps once a week that it had all been a dream, and that now he’d awakened to discover the pursuit of V. was merely a scholarly quest after all, an adventure of the mind, in the tradition of ‘’The Golden Bough’’ or ‘’The White Goddess’’ But Soon enough he’d wale up the second, real time, to make again the tiresome discovery that it hadn’t really stopped being the same simple-minded literal pursuit; V. ambiguously a beast of venery, chased like the hart, hind or hare, chased like an obsolete or bizarre, or forbidden form of sexual delight. And clownish Stencil capering along behind her, bells a jingle, waving a wood, toy oxgoad. For no one’s amusement but his own. Chapter Three

„She needs rather to be tended lovingly and honorably by fabulists and counterfeiters, Ballad-Mongers and Cranks of ev'ry Radius, Masters of Disguise to provide her the Costume, Toilette, and Bearing, and Speech nimble enough to keep her beyond the Desires, or even the Curiosity, of Government.“

— Thomas Pynchon
Context: Who claims Truth, Truth abandons. History is hir'd, or coerc'd, only in Interests that must ever prove base. She is too innocent, to be left within the reach of anyone in Power, — who need but touch her, and all her Credit is in the instant vanish'd, as if it had never been. She needs rather to be tended lovingly and honorably by fabulists and counterfeiters, Ballad-Mongers and Cranks of ev'ry Radius, Masters of Disguise to provide her the Costume, Toilette, and Bearing, and Speech nimble enough to keep her beyond the Desires, or even the Curiosity, of Government. Ch. 35

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