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Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, now a feature film staring Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti, is available from Encore for only $14.99!
April 20. Eric Packer, age twenty-eight, wakes up and emerges from his $108 million apartment to locate his white stretch limo. Packer is the most formidable and most daring of currency traders, and his ride across town—ostensibly to get a haircut—is a journey only the twenty-first century could understand. His first meeting—in the car—is with his chief of analysis, a man even younger than himself. In his congested travel across town (traffic is caused by a President’s visit, a music idol’s funeral, a demonstration, and more), Eric Packer encounters our speeded up, global world. Sometimes he leaves the car to find the world—his wife of twenty-two days, his lover of much longer, the female bodyguard he also sleeps with—sometimes the world meets him in the car.
At age four, Eric figured out what he would weigh on every planet in the solar system. Now he is worth billions. He is also in a willfully self-annihilating bet against the yen that creates “storms of disorder” around the globe. Every one of his advisors advises against it.
DeLillo’s thirteenth novel confirmed his role as one of the most profoundly significant writers working in our lifetime—and then some.
“A brilliant novel…. Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Thought-provoking and utterly different.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Written with the sort of intensity you simply don’t get elsewhere.”—GQ (UK)
It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end -- those booming times of market optimism when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments.
Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. On this day he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town.
His journey to the barbershop is a contemporary odyssey, funny and fast-moving. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol's funeral and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors -- his experts on security, technology, currency, finance and theory. Sometimes he leaves the car for sexual encounters and sometimes he doesn't have to.
Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of a spectacular downfall.
About the Author
Don DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels, including Underworld, Falling Man, White Noise, and Libra. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work, and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2010, he was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Prize. The Angel Esmeralda was a finalist for the 2011 Story Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In October 2012, DeLillo receives the Carl Sandburg Literary Award for his body of work. Will Patton's numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency, and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.