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The Best Postmodern Novels  

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List of the best postmodern novels from popular postmodern authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo that are reactions against Enlightenment and Modernist literature. Postmodern novels use techniques like fragmentation, paradox and questionable narrators in their writing to be experimental in literature. The purpose of postmodern novels is to take serious subjects from a distance and disconnect and be able to depict the stories with irony and humor.

The list asks the question, “What is the best postmodern novel?” The list is voted on to decide the favorite postmodern novel. If some of the postmodern novels by the best postmodern writers aren't listed, then be sure to add them so that other readers can vote on them.

Some of the best themes and techniques that are used in postmodern novels are irony and black humor, metafiction, non-linear narratives and fragmentations, paranoia, minimalism, or maximalism. Novels that include these features are on the list, such as House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard and Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. Vote up the best postmodern novels right here.
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Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Thomas Pynchon
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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Kurt Vonnegut
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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
David Foster Wallace
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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Joseph Heller
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The Crying of Lot 49 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Thomas Pynchon
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White Noise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Don DeLillo
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If on a winter's night a... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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House of Leaves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mark Z. Danielewski
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Blood Meridian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Cormac McCarthy
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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Don DeLillo
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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
William S. Burroughs
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Breakfast of Champions ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Kurt Vonnegut
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Ubik is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Philip K. Dick
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V. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Thomas Pynchon
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Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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Labyrinths is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Jorge Luis Borges
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A Confederacy of Dunces ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added John Kennedy Toole
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Fear and Loathing in Las... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Hunter S. Thompson
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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Umberto Eco
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronic... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Haruki Murakami
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Molloy; Malone dies ; Th... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
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Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Jorge Luis Borges
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The Recognitions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
William Gaddis
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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
bugo99 added Hermann Hesse