From the back:
Who is Oedipa Maas?
And what was she doing when the Paranoids blew out all the lights? What was the strange legacy of Pierce Inverarity that first led her to the world-wide conspiracy known as the Tristero System, and then on into the mystery and enigma of America itself?
“Full of sadness, terror, love and flamboyance…the major character is really Pynchon himself” – The New York Times
“Pynchon’s grim version of the Holy Grail…the work is a virtuoso with prose…his intricate symbolic order…akin to that of Joyce’s Ulysses” – Chicago Tribune