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List of famous postmodernism books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular postmodernism books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best postmodernism novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Examples include Gravity's Rainbow and Infinite Jest.

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Actress in the house is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Joseph McElroy Actress in the House is Joseph McElroy's eighth novel. Lawyer Bill Daley follows up an unusual phone call from stage actress Becca Lang by attending her show. Daley is appalled when Becca is ...more

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Blankety Blank: A Memoir of Vu... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
D. Harlan Wilson Blankety Blank: A Memoir of Vulgaria is a novel by American author D. Harlan Wilson. The novel critiques the idea of the memoir as a form of truth-telling and problematizes history and narrative ...more

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Dr. Identity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
D. Harlan Wilson Dr. Identity is the fourth book and first novel by American author D. Harlan Wilson. Set in a dystopian, mediatized future where people surrogate themselves with android lookalikes, the novel ...more

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Finding Myself is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Toby Litt Finding Myself is a 2003 novel by Toby Litt. The story is a comedy about friendship, love, hate and society in the English seaside town of Southwold, and centers on the main characters, female ...more

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Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Thomas Pynchon Gravity's Rainbow is a 1973 novel by American writer Thomas Pynchon. A lengthy, complex novel featuring a large cast of characters, its narrative is set primarily in Europe at the end of World ...more

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Green Grass, Running Water is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Thomas King Green Grass, Running Water is a 1993 novel by Thomas King, a writer of Cherokee and Greek/German-American descent, and United States and Canadian dual citizenship. He was born and grew up in the ...more

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Homer and Langley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
E. L. Doctorow Homer & Langley is a novel by American author E. L. Doctorow published in September, 2009. It imagines a version of the lives of the Collyer brothers of New York City, notorious for their ...more

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Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest is a 1996 novel by David Foster Wallace. The lengthy and complex work takes place in a North American dystopia, centering on a junior tennis academy and a nearby substance-abuse ...more

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Like a Speeding Youth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Han Han Like a Speeding Youth is a 2002 novel by Chinese writer Han Han. It is Han's third book, and uses Han's traditional writing style, a mixture of humor and satire about society. The novel ...more

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Lookout Cartridge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Joseph McElroy Lookout Cartridge is Joseph McElroy's fourth novel. The narrator, Cartwright, had made with his friend Dagger a fairly pointless art film/documentary using loaned professional equipment, with ...more

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Mason & Dixon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Thomas Pynchon Mason & Dixon is a postmodernist novel by U.S. author Thomas Pynchon published in 1997. It concentrates on the collaboration of the historical Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in their ...more

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Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Rom... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
D. Harlan Wilson Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance is a short critifictional novel by American author D. Harlan Wilson. It is a series of vignettes, folk tales and pseudobiographical sketches that coalesce into ...more

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Pseudo-City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
D. Harlan Wilson Pseudo-City is the third book by American author D. Harlan Wilson. Referred to as a novel as often as a collection of stories -- Wilson himself has called it a "story-cycle" -- it ...more

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The adventures of Lucky Pierre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Robert Coover The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Director's Cut is a novel by Robert Coover, published in 2002. The title is the same as a 1961 nudie cutie film, and like the film, the novel is divided into ...more

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The Broom of the System is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
David Foster Wallace The Broom of the System is the first novel by the American writer David Foster Wallace, published in 1987.

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The Grass-Cutting Sword is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Catherynne M. Valente The Grass-Cutting Sword is a novella by Catherynne M. Valente. It was published by Prime Books in 2006.

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The Kafka Effekt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
D. Harlan Wilson The Kafka Effekt is the debut book of American author D. Harlan Wilson. It contains forty-four irreal short stories and flash fiction and has been said to combine the milieu's of Franz Kafka and ...more

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The Million-Year Centipede, or... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Eckhard Gerdes The Million-Year Centipede, or, Liquid Structures is the sixth novel by American author Eckhard Gerdes. Set in an apocalyptic world in which a giant centipede comes to collect the all of the ...more

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The Orphan's Tales: In the Nig... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Catherynne M. Valente The Orphan's Tales is a fantasy series by Catherynne M. Valente with illustrations by Michael Kaluta. The two novels of the series, In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice, are ...more

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The Waterworks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
E. L. Doctorow The Waterworks is a novel by E. L. Doctorow, written in 1994.

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Triple Door is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Han Han Triple Door is the first novel by Chinese writer Han Han.

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White Noise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Don DeLillo White Noise is the eighth novel by Don DeLillo, published by Viking Press in 1985. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. White Noise is an example of postmodern literature. It is ...more

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Yume No Hon: The Book of Dream... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Postmodernism Books and Novels
Catherynne M. Valente Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams is a novel about a woman living as a hermit in ancient Japan written by Catherynne M. Valente.