A rambling genius till the very end

The Pale King, By David Foster Wallace, Hamish Hamilton, €16.

16th April, 2011

David Foster Wallace’s posthumous and unfinished novel arrives weighted with both sadness and excitement. Often cited as the greatest American writer of his era - most famously he wrote the novel Infinite Jest -Wallace committed suicide in 2008, and his long-time editor Michael Pietsch has pieced together this final work from the drafts he left behind.

What has emerged is a story focused on a range of characters who examine tax returns at an...

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