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Literary allusions in Markson’s novel help to demonstrate disintegration of reality in modern human conscience and create the feeling of finality and exhaustion as the global civilization seems to reach its finishing line. But while the highbrow literary tradition degenerates into popular clichés losing its emotional impact and communicative power, the preliterate mythological tradition resumes its importance.

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David Markson, “Wittgenstein’s Mistress”, allusion, postmodernism, intertext, philosophical novel