Kittler Tag

House of Leaves is structurally a non-traditional nested narrative: The physical book by Mark Z. Danielewski is comprised of Zampanò’s detailed manuscript of the Navidson’s 1990 family documentary, commented on and compiled by Johnny Truant, with revisions from Truant’s editors, complete with exhibits, appendices, indexes, colophon, etc. Still similar to other nested narratives such as David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas that embeds one story into another into Matryoshka stories, and to David Foster Wallace’s “Depressed Person” in Brief Interviews of Hideous Men, Danielewski’s House of Leaves resembles, too, a rabbit hole of footnotes culminating in an ergodic textual labyrinth.