First published in 1984, White Noise, one of DeLillo's most highly acclaimed novels, tells the story of Jack Gladney and his wife Babette who are both afraid of death. Jack is head of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill. His colleague Murray runs a seminar on car crashes. Together they ponder the instances of celebrity death, from Elvis to Marilyn to Hitler. Through the brilliant and often very funny dialogue between Jack and Murray, Delillo exposes our common obsession with mortality and delineates Jack and Babette's touching relationship and their biggest fear - who will die first? 'An extraordinarily funny book on a serious subject, effortlessly combining social comedy, disaster, fiction and philosophy ... hilariously, and grimly, successful' Daily Telegraph 'An astonishing novel ... unforgettable... nearly every page crackles with memorable moments and perfectly turned phrases... dizzying, darkly beautiful fiction' Sunday Times
Alex Hauser, now seventy, has had his second massive stroke, and his ex-wife and son, Toinette and Sean, have come to help him die. This book explores the question of when life ends or should. It is also a play about a son looking for the father who abandoned him, and it talks about the odd emotional tenacity of relationships long-ended.
In Players DeLillo explores the dark side of contemporary affluence and its discontents. Pammy and Lyle Wynant are an attractive, modern couple who seem to have it all. Yet behind their "ideal" life is a lingering boredom and quiet desperation: their talk is mostly chatter, their sex life more a matter of obligatory "satisfaction" than pleasure. Then Lyle sees a man killed on the floor of the Stock Exchange and becomes involved with the terrorists responsible; Pammy leaves for Maine with a homosexual couple.... And still they remain untouched, "players" indifferent to the violence that surrounds them, and that they have helped to create.
Originally published in 1977 (before his National Book Award-winning White Noise and the recent blockbuster Underworld), Players is a fast-moving yet starkly drawn socially critical drama that demonstrates the razor-sharp prose and thematic density for which DeLillo is renown today.
"The wit, elegance and economy of Don DeLillo's art are equal to the bitter clarity of his perceptions."--New York Times Book Review
The Body Artist opens with a breakfast scene in a rambling rented house somewhere on the New England coast. We meet Lauren Hartke, the Body Artist of the title, and her husband Rey Robles, a much older, thrice-married film-director. Through their delicate, intimate, half-complete thoughts and words DeLillo proves himself a stunningly unsentimental observer of marriage, and of the idiosyncrasies that both isolate and bind us. Rey says he's taking a drive and he does, all the way to the Manhattan apartment of his first wife. Lauren is left alone, or so she thinks . . . 'A poised, individual ghost story for the twenty-first century' Observer 'Inspiring . . . a beautiful book' Independent on Sunday
‘A brilliant excursion into the decadence of contemporary culture’ Sunday Times Eric Packer is a twenty-eight-year-old multi-billionaire asset manager. We join him on what will become a particularly eventful April day in turn-of-the-twenty-first-century Manhattan. He’s on a personal odyssey, to get a haircut. Sitting in his stretch limousine as it moves across town, he finds the city at a virtual standstill because the President is visiting, a rapper’s funeral is proceeding, and a violent protest is being staged in Times Square by anti-globalist groups. Most worryingly, Eric’s bodyguards are concerned that he may be a target . . . An electrifying study in affectlessness, infused with deep cynicism and measured detachment; a harsh indictment of the life-denying tendencies of capitalism; as brutal a dissection of the American dream as Wolfe’s Bonfire or Ellis’s Psycho, Cosmopolis is a caustic prophecy all too quickly realized. ‘A prose-poem about New York . . . DeLillo has always been good at telling us where we’re heading . . . we ignore him at our peril’ Blake Morrison, Guardian
There is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years. Falling Man begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and traces the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few individuals. Theirs are lives choreographed by loss, grief and the enormous force of history. ‘These are pages of magnificent force and control, DeLillo’s genius at full pelt. Reading them, you have to remind yourself to keep breathing’ New Statesman ‘Searing, profoundly unsettling. An unforgettable novel’ Sunday Times ‘A revelatory piece of writing that will stand as a testament to DeLillo’s genius’ Times Literary Supplement ‘As fine a thing as DeLillo has ever made. There are those who have called him a cold writer; I challenge them to read the astonishing and deeply moving closing pages of Falling Man without weeping’ Scotsman 'Complex, thrilling, awesome . . . This is a tremendous novel by a genuine master’ Irish Independent
At Logos College in West Texas, huge young men, vacuum-packed into shoulder pads and shiny helmets, play football with intense passion. During an uncharacteristic winning season, the perplexed and distracted running back Gary Harkness has periodic fits of nuclear glee; he is fueled and shielded by his fear of and fascination with nuclear conflict. Among oddly afflicted and recognizable players, the terminologies of football and nuclear war--the language of end zones--become interchangeable, and their meaning deteriorates as the collegiate year runs its course. In this triumphantly funny, deeply searching novel, Don DeLillo explores the metaphor of football as war with rich, original zeal.
Moll Robbins is a journalist in a rut. But she gets wind of a very exciting story: it concerns a small piece of celluloid, a pornographic film purportedly shot in a bunker in the climactic days of Berlins fall with Hitler as its star. One person claims to have access to this unique piece of Naziana; inevitably, more than one wants it. Unfortunately for Moll, in the black-market world of erotica, the currency is blackmail, torture and corruption; and no price is too high. As the paranoia builds and the combatants lose sight of their motives, their souls, even the object itself, DeLillo reveals the terrible truth behind our acquisitiveness. This is a romantic novel in the gritty, precisionist, enigmatic modern mode . . . a full pleasure to read New Yorker
"Great Jones Street" relate la crise spirituelle de Bucky Wunderlick, rock star et messie en herbe, qui laisse tomber son groupe au beau milieu d'une tournée pour se terrer dans un appartement minable de l'East Village. Pénétrante approche d'un monde - le rock - où fusionnent art, loi du marché et décadence urbaine, "Great Jones Street" reflète les cauchemars et les hallucinations de son temps, de l'effroi au clinquant. Ecrit en 1973, ce roman s'affirme comme l'un des plus pertinents jamais écrits sur les arcanes de la pop culture.
From one of Americas foremost living writers comes a brilliant and disturbing comedy that mixes laughter and terror as it uncovers the boundaries of sanity in all of us. The play opens in a hospital; the characters are patient, doctors and nurses. It is a recognizable, predictable world. And yet, as the scenes unfold in dialogue crackling with intelligence and insight, with incandescent bite and humour our sense of normalcy is rocked from under us. Are these doctors and nurses really just patients from the Arno Klein Psychiatric Wing? Or are they something else entirely: people who are playing psychiatric patients playing doctors and nurses? And who, exactly, is Arno Klein? Described by the Boston Globe on its first performance as an unselfconscious, fizzing, inventive black comedy that is enormously funny, The Day Room displays Don DeLillos extraordinary talents in the brightest of lights.
Un homme, Michael Majeski, part de chez lui pour un voyage d'affaires à Valparaiso dans l'Indiana. Par une série d'erreurs (conscientes ?), il se retrouve à Valparaíso au Chili, héros de pacotille d'un périple qui est en réalité une quête de soi. Cette recherche, il ne se trouve capable de la faire que dans un étalement au grand jour, par le biais de tous les médias possibles, de sa vie privée et de son histoire la plus intime.
Set against the backdrop of a lush and exotic Greece, The Names is considered the book which began to drive "sharply upward the size of his readership" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Among the cast of DeLillo's bizarre yet fully realized characters in The Names are Kathryn, the narrator's estranged wife; their son, the six-year-old novelist; Owen, the scientist; and the neurotic narrator obsessed with his own neuroses. A thriller, a mystery, and still a moving examination of family, loss, and the amorphous and magical potential of language itself, The Names stands with any of DeLillo's more recent and highly acclaimed works.
"The Names not only accurately reflects a portion of our contemporary world but, more importantly, creates an original world of its own."--Chicago Sun-Times "DeLillo sifts experience through simultaneous grids of science and poetry, analysis and clear sight, to make a high-wire prose that is voluptuously stark."--Village Voice Literary Supplement "DeLillo verbally examines every state of consciousness from eroticism to tourism, from the idea of America as conceived by the rest of the world to the idea of the rest of the world as conceived by America, from mysticism to fanaticism."--New York Times
"One of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" (The New York Times), Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist. At the heart of the book is Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the world of political violence, a nightscape of Semtex explosives and hostages locked in basement rooms. Bill's dangerous passage leaves two people stranded: his brilliant, fixated assistant, Scott, and the strange young woman who is Scott's lover--and Bill's.
At twenty-eight, David Bell is the American Dream come true. He has fought his way to the top, surviving office purges and scandals tobecome a top television executive. David's world is made up of the images that flicker across America's screens, the fantasies that enthrall America's imagination.
And the the dream--and the dream-making--become a nightmare. At the height of his success, David sets out to rediscover reality. Camera in hand, he journeys across the country in a mad and moving attempt to capture, to impose a pattern on his own, and America's past, present, and future.
Billy Twillig has won the first Nobel Prize ever to be given in mathematics. Set in the near future, this book charts an innocent's education when Billy is sent to live in the company of 30 Nobel laureates and he is asked to decipher transmissions from outer space.
Gary Harkness is a football player and student at Logos College, West Texas. During a season of unprecedented success on the football field, he becomes increasingly obsessed with the threat of nuclear war. Both frightened and fascinated by the prospect, he listens to his team-mates discussing match tactics in much the same terms as military generals might contemplate global conflict. Offering a timely and topical look at human beings' obsession with conflict and confrontation, End Zone is a clever, playful and, above all, funny novel, which confirms DeLillo's status as one of the great American writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and reaffirms the unerring incisive accuracy of his portrayal of the modern world.
Par un dimanche soir de 2022 où doit se jouer le Super Bowl, cinq amis se sont réunis pour l'occasion alors qu'une catastrophe semble avoir frappé le monde autour d'eux. Toutes les connexions numériques viennent d'être coupées et, dans le huis clos de l'appartement de Manhattan, les mots se mettent à tourner à vide. La vie s'échappe, mais où ? Et le silence s'installe. Jusqu'à quand ? Un roman percutant qui tombe à point nommé et prend la forme d'une saisissante conversation sur notre humanité, orchestrée par l'une des voix les plus éblouissantes et essentielles de la littérature américaine.
Choisir de mourir pour prendre la mort de vitesse, décider de se transformer en créature-éprouvette dans l'attente de jours meilleurs afin de revenir au monde en être humain augmenté et radicalement inédit, telle est l'offre de "Zero K", un centre de recherches secret. Son principal actionnaire, le richissime Ross Lockhart, décide de faire appel à ses services pour son épouse, atteinte d'une maladie incurable, et convoque son fils unique pour assister à la fin programmée de la jeune femme consentante.
Un roman d'une puissance et d'une portée rares, tant sur le plan littéraire que philosophique.
Du base-ball à la bombe atomique, ce roman monumental en huit parties dissèque les terribles peurs et les émotions du peuple américain, de l'après-guerre au troisième millénaire.
Dans ces neuf nouvelles rédigées sur plusieurs années, Don DeLillo évoque diverses formes de malaise et d'effroi à l'oeuvre chez l'homme contemporain. Chacune apparaît comme une allégorie cryptée de l'éternelle angoisse métaphysique qui est, aujourd'hui comme hier, le lot de tout individu, alors même qu'il tente de s'adapter, à travers une paranoïaque recherche de sens, au sentiment d'insécurité qui gouverne sa vie fragile et illisible.