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ISBN13: 9780140152746
ISBN10: 0140152741
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"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.

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"This novel's a beauty. A vision as bold and a voice as eloquent and morally focused as any in American writing." Thomas Pynchon

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"Mao II reconfirms DeLillo's status as a modern master and literary provocateur." Publishers Weekly

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"DeLillo's style is wonderfully expressive yet dark in tone. Readers will thoroughly enjoy it." Library Journal

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"One of the most ironic, intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" (The New York Times), Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch individualist. A love triangle that moves from New York to London to Beirut, Mao II tells an intimate story of faith, longing and redemption.

Synopsis:

"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.

About the Author

Don DeLillo published his first short story when he was twenty-three years old. He has since written twelve novels, including White Noise (1985) which won the National Book Award. It was followed by Libra (1988), his novel about the assassination of President Kennedy, and by Mao II, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 1997, he published the bestselling Underworld, and in 1999 he was awarded the Jerusalem Prize, given to a writer whose work expresses the theme of the freedom of the individual in society; he was the first American author to receive it.

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TommyK, January 30, 2012 (view all comments by TommyK)
I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this.... I was surprised at every turn! The writing is like being in the movie "Being John Malkovich" with every character.
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BWH999, October 25, 2006 (view all comments by BWH999)
Throughout the last year, I have been slowly making my way through Don Delillo's large catalog of novels. Although White Noise has been marked as Don Delillo's masterpiece, I believe Mao II comes in a close second as Delillo's best work.

The novel is compact, but full of ideas and questions regarding love, authorship and terrorism. Written nearly 15 years ago, Mao II remains frighteningly relevant to today's world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140152746
Author:
DeLillo, Don
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Authors -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Contemporary American fiction
Series Volume:
[no.335]
Publication Date:
19920531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.78x5.13x.72 in. .47 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140152746 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This novel's a beauty. A vision as bold and a voice as eloquent and morally focused as any in American writing."
"Review" by , "Mao II reconfirms DeLillo's status as a modern master and literary provocateur."
"Review" by , "DeLillo's style is wonderfully expressive yet dark in tone. Readers will thoroughly enjoy it."
"Synopsis" by , "One of the most ironic, intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" (The New York Times), Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch individualist. A love triangle that moves from New York to London to Beirut, Mao II tells an intimate story of faith, longing and redemption.
"Synopsis" by ,
"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.
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