Madly transfixing details-- noodles, toilet paper, toothpaste, a first subway ride, a sock full of dollars-- become milestones in a discovery of America. These details, combined with Federman's feel for the desperation of his characters, create a book that is simultaneously hilarious and frightening. The concrete play of its language, its use of found materials, give the viewer/reader a sense of constant and strange discovery. To turn these pages is to turn the corners of a world of words as full as any novel or literary discourse ever presented. "Double or Nothing" challenges the way we read fiction and the way we see words, and in the process, gives us back more of our own world and our real dilemmas than we are used to getting.
"Invention of this quality ranks the book among the fictional masterpieces of our age..." --Richard Kostelanetz, author of "The End of Intelligent Writing" and "The Old Fictions & the New"
"Federman takes the novel to the point of obsessive, ultimate reflexiveness-- and against all the odds of logic in fiction, "Double or Nothing" works like a charm... Somehow, in this furious and comic scheme, every distraction is an enrichment, and the processes of choice-- played with infinite fancifulness upon the page-- are the lovely geometry of personal assertion. Typography becomes typology; our hero becomes a citizen." --Marcus Klein, author of "After Alienation" and "Foreigners"
""Double or Nothing" is fashioned with enough genuine literary skill to place it among the great experimental novels of all time." --Library Journal