In the essay Dissemination (1983) by Jacques Derrida—which first appeared in the Tel Quel collection by Éditions du Seuil, and was later translated by Barbara Johnson for the University of Chicago Press—three writers are interpreted from the perspective of philosophy: Plato's Pharmacy discusses the works of Plato, The Double Session considers the poetic works of Stéphane Mallarmé, and Dissemination interprets the innovative novel Nombres (1968) by Philippe Sollers. This novel should interest readers of innovative fiction because it represents a trend towards visual abstraction in a poetic style that uses multiple verbs to envision the narrative action, sentences which end with three dots... as a form of abstraction expressionism, a novel which puts phrases into parentheses to create a sentence structure based on the esthetic theory of bricolage. The avant garde novels: Drame, Nombres, Lois, and H deserve more critical attention for their subtle complexity because they represent a trend of theoretical fiction that has evolved towards literary / philosophical abstraction.
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.