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Thru (1975) by Christine Brooke-Rose, included in the Christine Brooke-Rose Omnibus, is an innovative novel written by the British novelist who taught in Paris. Thru is written in spatial form with the page becoming a visual play of meaning, with the use of parentheses which create an awareness of the words within words, with the arrangement of individual letters on the page, and with notes on the linguistic theories of Ferdinand de Saussure used in a classroom lecture. Since Thru the avant garde novel has become something to be discussed in a university classroom, where linguistic theories have inspired the writing of novels, with the discussion of Semiotics, Structuralism, and the sign as signification.
Brooke-Rose By Ellen G.
Friedman and Miriam Fuchs
David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. He is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He is the editor of Innovative Fiction Magazine and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.