The Introduction to the book sets Danielewski’s first three major works in their historical and cultural context, discussing the form of each and the way that each makes use of technological advances to showcase the potential of the printed book. The literary context of his work is also established, as connections with and allusions to both contemporary writers (Eggers, Foster Wallace) and important experimental forebears (Pynchon, Joyce) are signalled. The forthcoming chapters of the book are summarised and outlined, along with key critical approaches to Danielewski’s novels. The Introduction ends by considering the complex kinds of readerly engagement that his work encourages, highlighting the fact that the role of the reader will be a key focus of many of the subsequent chapters.
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