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Mao II

Mao II

by Don DeLillo
Mao II

Mao II

by Don DeLillo


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140152746
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/1992
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 519,707
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Don DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels, including Zero KUnderworldFalling ManWhite 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 2012, DeLillo received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award for his body of work.


Westchester County, New York

Date of Birth:

November 20, 1936

Place of Birth:

New York City


Fordham University, 1958

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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

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

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