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Falling Man is Don DeLillo's exquisite, memorable take on 9/11. Somewhat more stylistically spare than his earlier books, Falling Man nonetheless feels like the book DeLillo was meant to write; themes he has addressed throughout his body of work — terrorism, religion, signs and symbols — come together eerily in this novel, which is by far the most significant work of fiction about 9/11 to date.
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There is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years.

Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people.

First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he'd always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his estranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes.

These are lives choreographed by loss, grief and the enormous force of history.

Brave and brilliant, Falling Man traces the way the events of September 11 have reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory and our perception of the world. It is cathartic, beautiful, heartbreaking.

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"The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day." Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

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"Falling Man brings at least a measure of memory, tenderness and meaning to all that howling space." Frank Rich, The New York Times Book Review

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"DeLillo is at his best...a keen imaginer...[writing] with exactitude and lyrical originality." James Wood, The New Republic

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"Haunting...elegiac...masterful." Gail Caldwell, The Boston Globe

Synopsis:

Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. “DeLillo’s most affecting novel yet...A dazzling, phosphorescent work of art.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.” —Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

“A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone…intimate, spare, exquisite.” —Adam Begley, The New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant new novel....Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.” — San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Don DeLillo is the author of fourteen novels, including Falling Man, Libra, White Noise, and three plays. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Jerusalem Prize. In 2006, Underworld was named one of the three best novels of the last twenty-five years by The New York Times Book Review, and in 2000 it won the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the most distinguished work of fiction of the past five years.

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lukas, November 2, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
Can authors makes sense of 9/11? Should they even try? I suppose if you're an acclaimed NYC writer (Pynchon, Safron Foer), it's kind of your duty. If anyone's earned the right to tackle such a difficult, divisive topic, it's DeLillo, who over the past 3 decades has mapped the paranoia, dread and secret history of the republic. As much as I admire him, the books tend to run together and I can really only remember them by subject: the Oswald one ("Libra"), the airborne toxic even one ("White Noise"), the Dylan one ("Great Jones Street") and the BIG one ("Underworld"). "Falling Man," like "Cosmopolis" and "Point Omega" is short and compact, but doesn't leave much of an impact. It's a noble effort, but it's too cold and distant to really make sense of the Event. PS: Check out the cover of "Underworld." It's eerie.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416546061
Author:
DeLillo, Don
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Victims of terrorism
Subject:
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
pulitzer; national book award; national book critics circle award; pen/faulkner; pen/saul bellow; jerusalem prize; howells medal; best of 2007; september 11; 9/11; performance art; underworld; white noise; point omega; cosmopolis; david cronenberg;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 272 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781416546061 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Falling Man is Don DeLillo's exquisite, memorable take on 9/11. Somewhat more stylistically spare than his earlier books, Falling Man nonetheless feels like the book DeLillo was meant to write; themes he has addressed throughout his body of work — terrorism, religion, signs and symbols — come together eerily in this novel, which is by far the most significant work of fiction about 9/11 to date.

"Review" by , "The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day."
"Review" by , "Falling Man brings at least a measure of memory, tenderness and meaning to all that howling space."
"Review" by , "DeLillo is at his best...a keen imaginer...[writing] with exactitude and lyrical originality."
"Review" by , "Haunting...elegiac...masterful."
"Synopsis" by , Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. “DeLillo’s most affecting novel yet...A dazzling, phosphorescent work of art.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.” —Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

“A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone…intimate, spare, exquisite.” —Adam Begley, The New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant new novel....Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.” — San Francisco Chronicle

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