Objects & Places from The Crying of Lot 49

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Tristero - The mystery Oedipa spends the entire novel trying to understand.

Kinneret - Oedipa's home town in Central California.

San Narciso - A town in the greater Los Angeles area which embodies all that is bad about modern life.

Echo Courts Motel - A tawdry roadside establishment that serves as Oedipa's base for action during her quest.

Cashiered - A movie in which Metzger supposedly starred as a child actor.

The Scope - A bar that is a hangout for disaffected electronics workers.

Peter Pinguid Society - A secret organization.

WASTE - An independent secret postal delivery system.

Fangoso Lagoons - A housing development with the usual grid of identical homes.

Lago de Pieta - The lake in Italy where a company of American GIs supposedly died during World War II.

Yoyodyne, Inc. - A mammoth corporation.

The Nefastis Machine - An invention that purports to...

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