Richard Powers got me confused? You should see me and my tiny Luddite mind trying to grasp Thomas Pynchon. Nonetheless, this is some really damn good news. I've read everything of Pynchon's except the mammoth "Mason & Dixon," which still taunts me from the shelves, and loved it all except for "Slow Learner."
I recently told a friend that with some novelists, I stop trying to understand every little nuance, and just let them take me where they will. Pynchon's the main one I had in mind there. I'm confident that good portions of the new book will be well above my head (though I'm pleased to see the reference to the Balkans), but I'll have one hell of a fun time reading it.