The Astrel-SPb publishing house announced on Facebook that it had bought the rights to publish the dystopian novel “Endless Joke” by the American writer David Foster Wallace. On the publisher's page, the book is described as "the last great novel of the twentieth century, alongside James Joyce's Ulysses and Thomas Pynchon's Rainbow of Gravity" and "one of the most complex, most intellectual novels in American and world literature."
First published in 1996, the novel is set in a semi-parody version of America's Future and touches on a variety of themes: tennis, drug treatment, depression, child abuse, family relationships, advertising, popular entertainment, film theory, and Quebec separatism. The book includes 388 numbered footnotes (some of which also have their own footnotes) explaining or recounting points of the story. Time magazine ranked Endless Joke among the Top 100 English-language novels of the 20th century.
Alexey Polyarinov and Sergey Karpov are engaged in the translation, it is known that they have already translated 600 pages - about half of the book. In the comments to the post of the publishing house Polyarinov wrote: “We love this book very much and try very hard. I promise it will be readable and we will try to keep the linguistic jokes”. Representatives of Astrel-SPb warn that there is still a lot of work to be done, and they hope to release the novel by next fall.