The Crying of Lot 49, often classified as postmodern fiction, is the shortest novel written by Thomas Pynchon. The narrative follows Oedipa Maas, a young Californian woman, who begins to embrace a conspiracy theory as she possibly unearths a centuries-old conflict between two mail distribution companies; only one of these companies, Thurn and Taxis, actually existed (1806–67) and was the first private firm to distribute postal mail. Time included the novel in its "TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005".
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