I did mean “incipits.”
I haven’t finished the book yet, but I was joking about not getting past the first chapter. To understand it, read the first page of the third chapter, “chapter two.” (The chapters in the book are alternately nubered and titled, so the first chapter, labeled “chapter one” is followed by the chapter If on a winter’s night a traveler, then “chapter two”.)
I won’t post spoilers for the book unless someone asks, but I will explain that it is a very strange novel that plays with readers’ expectations and the usual logic of novels. The professor teaching this book is a Math professor (he just likes the novel), if that gives you any idea. It is full of recursions, self-reference, and beginings without endings (characterized by the “incipits”, or incomplete starts of other, unreal novels that make up the titled chapters. It’s also written mostly in second person, even though it’s really about someone else. Lots of fun if you’re the sort of person who thinks Godel, Escher, Bach is recreational reading.
bwanasimba, I’m not sure what the point of the Invisible Library is, since it doesn’t give much information about the pseudo-novels. I wouldn’t expect it to sy whether they are parodies of other works.
Olentzero, ther are no introductions in my copy (Harcourt Brace paperback, translated by William Weaver) besides the first chapter.