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It is symptomatic of the German connections in Pynchon's work that the Pynchon Notes index to Gravity's Rainbow–which lists terms ranging from the real "Aachen" to the imaginary "Zwölfkinder" –is framed by two German references. Its connotations ranging from dark spectre of the Western soul to Deleuzian Zone, Germany has been continually and relentlessly coded and overcoded in Pynchon's work. The German landscape has been a text to decipher and redecipher, a glyph to read and reread, a discursive as well as a real space to walk, drive or ride through, to fly across, to dissect and to traverse from the height of the Brocken to the depth of the Mittelwerke.


How to Cite: Krafft, J. M. , Tölölyan, K. & Duyfhuizen, B. (1999) “Notes”, Pynchon Notes.(0). doi: