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In Memoriam to Identity by Kathy Ackerdisrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, plays with language, overtly references other fictional works
The Hundred Brothers by Donald Antrimplays with language, includes fictional artifacts, blurs reality and fiction
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwoodself-contradicting plot, disrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, includes fictional artifacts
The New York Trilogy by Paul Austerauthor is a character, self-contradicting plot, disrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, blurs reality and fiction
The Mezzanine by Nicholson Bakerdisrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, fewer than 200 pages
The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballardauthor is a character, self-contradicting plot, disrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, plays with language, blurs reality and fiction
Giles Goat-Boy by John Barthplays with language, blurs reality and fiction, includes historical falsehoods
Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelmeself-contradicting plot, disrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, blurs reality and fiction
G. by John Bergerdisrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, plays with language, blurs reality and fiction
The Loser by Thomas Bernhardauthor is a character, self-contradicting plot
2666 by Roberto Bolañodisrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, plays with language, includes fictional artifacts, blurs reality and fiction, more than 1,000 pages
Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borgesself-contradicting plot, disrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, plays with language, includes fictional artifacts, overtly references other fictional works
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs disrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, plays with language, blurs reality and fiction, postmodern progenitor
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton14
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino15
Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar16
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. by Robert Coover17
Log of the S.S. the Mrs Unguentine by Stanley Crawford18
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski19
Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo20
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick21
City of God by E. L. Doctorow22
Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence by Geoff Dyer23
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco24
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers25
Tours of the Black Clock by Steve Erickson26
I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett27
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner28
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer29
J R by William Gaddis30
The Tunnel by William H. Gass31
The Lime Twig by John Hawkes32
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne33
The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon34
Dispatches by Michael Herr35
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka37
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera38
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem39
Notable American Women by Ben Marcus40
Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson41
Remainder by Tom McCarthy42
Women and Men: A Novel by Joseph McElroy43
Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright by Steven Millhauser44
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokovself-contradicting plot, disrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, plays with language, includes fictional artifacts
At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien47
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien48
Best of American Splendor by Harvey Pekar49
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon50
The Counterlife by Philip Roth51
The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald52
Hamlet by William Shakespeare53
Mulligan Stew by Gilbert Sorrentino54
Trance by Christopher Sorrentino55
Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman56
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne57
PopCo by Scarlett Thomas58
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegutdisrupts/plays with form, comments on its own bookishness, plays with language, blurs reality and fiction, fewer than 200 pages
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace60
John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead61

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An annotated list put out by the LA Times in 2009 that names 61 essentials of post-modernism. Link to original article. Note: there is no ordering so #1, #2 ... #61 has no significance (someone should remove the numbers and replace with codes used in LA article; keep the original numbering as "(60| code1, code2)" for easier checking).

Note that #36 on the published list is Shelley Jackson's "Skin", which is neither finished nor a book that is in LibraryThing :)

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