One 258, 226 word sentence passes through three novels. A trilogy (from Greek τρι- tri-, “three” and -λογία -logia, “discourse”) is a set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works. They are commonly found in literature, film, or video games. Three-part works that are considered components of a larger work also exist, such as the triptych or the three-movement sonata, but they are not commonly referred to with the term “trilogy.”
Van Buskirk was attracted to the ‘three novel’ book format through Samuel Beckett’s The Trilogy, consisting of three novels, Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. Taken together, these three novels represent the high-water mark of the literary movement we call Modernism. Within their linguistic terrain, where stories are taken up, broken off, and taken up again, where voices rise and crumble and are resurrected, we can discern the essential lineaments of our modern condition, and encounter an awesome vision, tragic yet always compelling and always mysteriously invigorating, of consciousness trapped and struggling inside the boundaries of nature.