I don’t get it. What about Leo Tolstoi? His “War and Peace” largely consists of French dialogs, translated to Russian in the footnotes. It’s not as if it was, like, an obscure Russian-language oversized novel related to Russian history. Well, everything – BUT obscure.
Posted by: dimrub at October 5, 2005 02:40 PM
Borges used fictional references in many of his works, not just “Ficciones”. I especially remember “El libro de los seres imaginarios” as a pack of lies. Posted by: Christopher Culver at October 5, 2005 07:51 PM
Stephen King’s Carrie was full of what I think were footnotes. It’s been many years and I don’t have a copy to check. ** Spoiler Below ** It even had her death certificate printed at the end. Posted by: uncanny hengeman at October 6, 2005 08:43 AM
In his book “La Gloire de l’empire” (which the history of a fictious empire) Jean d’Ormesson refers, in a footnote, to a book by a “famous historian of the Empire”; the reference is to an earlier chapter of the book Posted by: Marc André at October 6, 2005 10:41 AM
How about the Flashman series where the footnotes are all genuine but the books are fake? Posted by: Glyn at October 6, 2005 04:22 PM
Aside from his many fictional annotations, Borges’s “The Approach to Al Mutasim” is a book review of a non-existent novel. Posted by: joe Socher at October 7, 2005 01:49 AM
Well and, for that matter “Tloen, Ukbar, Orbis Tertius” is the story of an entire fictional encyclopaedia. Borges basically owns this category. Posted by: Jeremy Osner at October 7, 2005 09:04 AM
I would like to request--if anyone has found--a list of fictional fiction, ie books supposedly written by someone else. Or if such a thing doesn’t exist, I could begin with The Princess Bride and The Dictionary of the Khazars as well as I suppose half of If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller. Posted by: kospeli at October 7, 2005 12:55 PM
r.e. Borges: also “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” and “A Survey of the Works of Herbert Quain”. That is, they are, like “Al-Mu’tasim”, critical writing on imaginary works. A First Encyclopædia of Tlön is clearly a fictional book, but (unlike other books referenced in the same story) I don’t think it’s a good example of the kind of thing we’re (mainly) talking about here. It’s fantastical, like the Book of Sand, rather than something that you could plausibly find in a library catalogue. Then there’s Lem’s A Perfect Vacuum, which consists entirely of reviews of nonexistent books (and of itself). Posted by: Tim May at October 7, 2005 02:55 PM
And then there’s Philip Jose’ Farmer’s version of Kilgore Trout’s “Venus on the Half Shell”. Kilgore Trout was a fictional author in several of Kurt Vonnegut’s novels.
Posted by: hypochrismutreefuzz at October 11, 2005 03:17 PM