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The opening chapter of Don DeLillo's massive Underworld ties a 1951 baseball game between the Giants and the Dodgers to the beginnings of both the Cold War (the game was played on the same day the Soviets exploded their first atomic bomb) and of the peculiar paranoia, epitomized in the figure of J. Edgar Hoover, that characterized the era. Arguably the most ambitious novel of the nineties, Underworld made sweeping connections across vast spaces and over decades of time. In the first chapter of his next novel, The Body Artist, a husband and wife have breakfast together. Through the couple's ritualized bickering and evasions, DeLillo reveals their essential isolation and claustrophobia. Where Underworld was epic, The Body Artist is intimate. Where the former explored the movement of the entire culture, the latter explores the personal experience of one individual. It was as though Michelangelo, after completing the Sistine Chapel, had turned around and taken up needlepoint. However, though readers were surprised by the extreme contrast between the two novels, they actually have more in common than is apparent at first glance: both deal with the dehumanizing effects of modern technology on human life; both are written in the clean, evocative prose that has made DeLillo one of the world's most celebrated stylists; and both demonstrate that DeLillo is not only one of our greatest writers, but also one of our most versatile. What Martin Amis wrote after reading Underworld is equally true of The Body Artist: It "may or may not be a great novel, but there is no doubt that it renders DeLillo a great novelist." Farley, Powells.com

Review:

"A tiny, intimate metaphysical ghost story by a master creator of huge, panoramic fiction; it concerns a woman alone in a large seaside house, where a strange man appears in an unused room. DeLillo's pinpoint prose copes with big themes, like the structure of time and the artist's approach to calamity." The New York Times Book Review, Summer Reading 2001 selection

About the Author

This is Don DeLillo's twelfth novel. His fiction has won many honors in this country and abroad, including the National Book Award, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work, and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his novel, Underworld.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743203951
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
DeLillo, Don
Author:
DeLillo, Don
Publisher:
Scribner
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Women artists
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Body art
Subject:
Spouses
Subject:
Bereavement in art
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Series Volume:
70
Publication Date:
February 2001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.78x5.71x.69 in. .60 lbs.

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