From Kafka to Gogol via Pynchon: top 10 absurd quests in fiction

The Guardian

From seeking how to stop being an ass to finding out where a month has gone missing, these stories are as weird as life I’ve always loved quest narratives, partly because they have such admirable purity of purpose: Must find grail! Must solve crime! Must defeat evil being! But then I lack such admirable purity of purpose, so my true affinity is with absurdist quests, a tragicomic sub-genre in which everything is awry, and the rules keep changing – if there are any rules at all. The bemused protagonist struggles nonetheless to find grail/solve crime/defeat evil being but they are constantly …

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