First against the wall when it came.

Mark Danielewski’s first novel House of Leaves is largely an empty shell — albeit cleverly ornamented with many onion-layers of allegory, wordplay, text ciphers, typographic ingenuity, Wallace-esque footnotes, postmodernist fourth-wall conceits, and a suffocating sense of dread — which asks reader to imprint their own paranoid musings and fantasies to …

Hail dystopia!

Chris sent me a link to Evgeny Zamyatin’s We, a marginally science-fiction dystopian novel that predates both 1984 and Brave New World. I haven’t read it, but it looks fascinating, especially considering that Zamyatin’s work was filtered through his experience of Communism’s rise in his own land.