The Crying of Lot 49

Postmodernist features of novel The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon

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Perhaps the most notable "postmodern" feature of The Crying of Lot 49 is the idea of plurality and its resulting paranoia. Because no "fixed" or "final" meaning exists, there is a presumably infinite number of interpretations of a given text. The resulting angst or confusion which results is often named paranoia--or a systemic anxiety that pervades a de-centered subject or ego.