Fictional book

Fictional book

A fictional book is a non-existent book (or one created specifically for a work of fiction) that sometimes provides the basis of the plot of a story, a common thread in a series of books, or the works of a particular writer or canon of work. A fictional book may also be used as a conceit to illustrate a story within a story.

Prominent fictional books

*The "Necronomicon" in H. P. Lovecraft's books serves as a repository of recondite and evil knowledge in many of his works and the work of others. Despite the evident tongue-in-cheek origin of the book, supposedly written by the "Mad Arab Abdul al-Hazred," who was supposed to have died by being torn apart by an invisible being in an Arab marketplace in broad daylight, many have been led to believe that the book is real.

*A large portion of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is a reproduction of portions of the samizdat publication allegedly written by Emmanuel Goldstein and known simply as "The Book", although its actual title is "The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism".

*The story of Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" revolves around another mysterious and forbidden book, written by the title character (Hawthorne Abendsen), named "The Grasshopper Lies Heavy". Dick's book describes an alternate history where the Axis Powers were victorious in World War II and the United States has been divided between Japan and Nazi Germany. The book-within-a-book is an alternate history itself, depicting a world in which the Allies won the war but which is nonetheless different from our own world in several important respects. Towards the end of the story, Abendsen admits to writing "The Grasshopper Lies Heavy" under the direction of the "I Ching."

*All of the stories in Robert W. Chambers' 1895 collection "The King in Yellow" feature a fictional play of the same name, which drives all readers mad and/or shows them another reality. Very little of the play is transcribed in the stories, although it is shown to be set in the kingdom of Carcosa, created by Ambrose Bierce.

*Guillaume Apollinaire's short fiction "L'Hérésiarque" ("The Heresiarch" or "The Heretic") describes two heretical Christian gospels written by the excommunicated Catholic cardinal Benedetto Orfei. Orfei's heresy is that the three figures of the Trinity -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- were incarnate in Jesus' time, and were crucified alongside him. Orfei's first work is "The True Gospel," describing the human life of God the Father, an embodiment of virtue about whom little is known. Orfei's second work describes the human life of God the Holy Spirit; the title of this work is not mentioned, but is referred to only as his 'second gospel.' In this 'gospel,' the Holy Spirit is a thief who willfully indulges in all manner of vice, including violating a sleeping virgin who then gives birth to Jesus Christ, or God the Son. Later, both the Holy Spirit and the Father are arrested as thieves and crucified, the latter unjustly. Orfei's heresy is intended to illustrate man's contradictory but coexistent aspects of sinner and martyr.

*Fictional books and authors figure prominently in several short stories by the Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges. A few of Borges's fictional creations include "The Book of Sand", Herbert Quain (author of "April March," "The Secret Mirror," etc.), Ts'ui Pen (author of "The Garden of Forking Paths"), Mir Bahadur Ali (author of "The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim"), as well as the imaginary "Encyclopædia Britannica" of the story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius." In "Pierre Menard, Author of the "Quixote", a fictional poet named Pierre Menard attempts to recreate "Don Quixote" exactly as Miguel de Cervantes wrote it.

*Stanislaw Lem wrote several books containing methods and ideas similar to Jorge Luis Borges's fiction. Between "One Human Minute" and "A Perfect Vacuum", he reviews 19 fictional books (and one fictional lecture). In "Imaginary Magnitude" there are several introductions to fictional works, as well as an advertisement for a fictional encyclopedia entitled "Vestrand's Extelopedia in 44 Magnetomes".

*In Chuck Palahniuk's "Lullaby", the characters are searching for all the remaining copies of the book "Poems and Rhymes Around the World", which contains a poem that can kill anyone who hears it spoken or has it thought in their direction.

*The text of Mark Z. Danielewski's novel "House of Leaves" consists largely of the fictional book "The Navidson Record" by Zampanò (possibly based on Jorge Luis Borges), and commentary upon it by its discoverer and editor Johnny Truant. "The Navidson Record" is itself an academic critique of an apparently nonexistent or fictional documentary film of the same name, which may or may not exist in the world of "House of Leaves".

*Bill Watterson placed fictional children's books in his comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes", saying that he could never reveal their contents for they were surely more outrageous in the reader's imagination. For several years, Calvin (perpetually six years old) demands that his father read him "Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie" as a bedtime story. Occasionally, his father's patience snaps and he introduces new variations, which at least reveal what the original story is "not": "Do you think the townsfolk will ever find Hamster Huey's head?" An "actual" "Hamster Huey" book was written by Mabel Barr in 2004, years after the strip's conclusion. It was met with severe criticism on Most viewed it as an apparent attempt at "cashing in" on characters alluded to in Calvin and Hobbes. The few favourable reviews, suspiciously, came from a ten-mile radius of the author's residence. Very little information exists about the purported author, and the book has no connection with Bill Watterson.

*The comedic courtroom drama "My Cousin Vinny" features a brief appearance by "The Cologne Handbook".

*The inner sleeve notes to the album "Secret Treaties" by the band Blue Öyster Cult mention "Rossignol's curious, albeit simply titled book, the "Origins of a World War", spoke in terms of "secret treaties", drawn up between the Ambassadors from Plutonia and Desdinova the foreign minister. These treaties founded a secret science from the stars. Astronomy. The career of evil." This was probably written by producer Sandy Pearlman.

*"Travels With My Cats," a Hugo-nominated short story by Mike Resnick first appearing in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, features a fictional travelogue of the same name.

*Paul Levinson's novel "The Plot To Save Socrates" features a fictional ancient Platonic Dialogue, without title, that begins "PERSONS OF THE DIALOGUE: Socrates; Andros, a visitor. SCENE: The Prison of Socrates".

*The "Encyclopedia Galactica" in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series was created in Terminus at the beginning of the Foundation Era. It serves primarily as an introduction to a character, a place or a circumstance to be developed in each chapter. Each quotation contains a copyright disclaimer and cites Terminus as the place of publication. The "Encyclopedia" also makes an appearance in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

*The literary journal Underneath the Bunker (the title of which may refer to a song left off the tracklisting for the R.E.M album Lifes Rich Pageant), founded in 2002 and online since 2005, has followed Stanislav Lem and Borges in publishing reviews of books that have never existed, such as Tosca Calbirro's 'Under An Unquiet Sun', or 'Receding Rainfall' by the eccentric Bosnian novelist Hoçe.

*"The Book of Counted Sorrows" is a book invented by horror author Dean Koontz to add verisimilitude to some of his novels. "Quotations" from this fictional book were often used to set the tone of chapters of the novels. Koontz ultimately published a version of the book.

*"Franklin, Ein Mensch" is a fictional Mozart opera, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, supposedly done in 1793 (two years after Mozart's actual death) in the science fiction novel "Time for Patriots", ISBN 978-1-60693-224-7.

Lists of fictional books

*List of fictional books
*List of fictional books from periodicals
*List of fictional books from non-print media
*List of fictional guidebooks
*List of fictional books within the Harry Potter series
*List of fictional books within the Discworld series
*List of fictional diaries

ee also

*False document
*Story within a story

External links

* [ The Invisible Library] - an extensive collection of fictional books, founded and curated by Brian Quinette
* [ The Invisible Library, Malibu Lake Branch] , curated by Fayaway & Hermester Barrington
* [ Underneath the Bunker - Reviews of Non-existent Books and other art-forms] edited by Georgy Riecke

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужно решить контрольную?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Book — A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf… …   Wikipedia

  • Book of Shadows — This article describes the traditional book of Wicca; for other uses, see Book of Shadows (disambiguation). The Book of Shadows is a collection of magical and religious texts of Wicca and other Neopagan witchcraft traditions, containing the core… …   Wikipedia

  • Book of the Vishanti — Infobox comics elements name = Book of the Vishanti caption = publisher = Marvel Comics debut = Strange Tales #116 (January, 1964) creators = Stan Lee and Steve Ditko type = Book supports = Doctor Strange subcat = Marvel Comics sortkey =… …   Wikipedia

  • Book of the Dead (disambiguation) — The Book of the Dead is the common name for several ancient Egyptian funerary texts.Book of the Dead may also refer to:* Book of the Dead (anthology) , a zombie horror anthology series * The Book of the Dead (film) , a Japanese film * Book of the …   Wikipedia

  • Book of Secrets — The phrase Book of Secrets may refer to:Books*The Book of Mysteries (also known as The Book of Secrets), an ancient Essene text found in fragmentary form among the Dead Sea Scrolls. *The Book of Secrets (novel), a novel by M. G. Vassanji,… …   Wikipedia

  • Book of Torak — The Book of Torak is the Angarak holy book in the Belgariad. It was apparently written by Torak himself, in first person narrative. The prologue to Enchanter s End Game was based on this particular fictional book. Like the Book of Alorn, the book …   Wikipedia

  • Fictional military aircraft — are imagined aircraft which are used in fiction, in its various media, but do not exist in the real world. These aircraft may be conjectured variants of real world aircraft or they may be completely fabricated by the author. Contents 1 Fictional… …   Wikipedia

  • Fictional location — Fictional locations are places that exist only in fiction and not in reality. Writers may create and describe such places to serve as backdrop for their fictional works. Fictional locations are also created for use as settings in Role playing… …   Wikipedia

  • Book burning — (a category of biblioclasm, or book destruction) is the practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, one or more copies of a book or other written material. In modern times, other forms of media, such as phonograph records, video tapes, and CDs… …   Wikipedia

  • Book of Days — may refer to: Non ndash;Fiction literature * Book of Days by Abu Ubaida an Arab scholar * Book of Hours a medieval manuscript * Chambers Book of Days , by Robert Chambers, and Chambers Book of Days published by Chambers Harrap * Oxford Book of… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”