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ISBN-10: 0140152741
ISBN-13: 9780140152746
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 05/01/1992
Dimensions: 7.78" L, 5.13" W, 0.72" H

Mao II

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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

From the author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and The Silence, a profound novel about art, terror, masses, and the individual from one of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America (The New York Times)

Bill Gray, a famous, reclusive novelist, emerges from his isolation when he becomes the key figure in an event staged to force the release of a poet hostage in Beirut. As Bill 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.

An extraordinary novel from Don DeLillo about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist, Mao II explores a world in which the novelist’s power to influence the inner life of a culture now belongs to bomb-makers and gunmen. Mao II is the work of an ingenious writer at the height of his powers.

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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

The writing is dazzling; the images, so radioactive that they glow afterward in our minds.
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

If Don DeLillo has not yet been canonized as the leading American novelist, it will happen. The man is brilliant and daring . . . and Mao II is one of his best books.
The Washington Post Book World

This novel's a beauty . . . DeLillo takes us on a breathtaking journey, beyond the official versions of our daily history, behind all easy assumptions about who we're supposed to be, with a vision as bold and a voice as eloquent and morally focused as any in American writing.
–Thomas Pynchon

A mordantly funny, casually prescient, hypnotically condensed novel . . . It is short, loosely plotted but simultaneously tight as a drum . . . Mao II goes beyond the easy tack of offering art as some humanistic antidote to terror, and instead delineates their uneasy commonalities.
Granta

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ISBN-10: 0140152741
ISBN-13: 9780140152746
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 05/01/1992
Dimensions: 7.78" L, 5.13" W, 0.72" H
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