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 Zero K

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140152746
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1992
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 260,423
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist 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. DeLillo is also a member of the  American Academy of Arts and Letters.


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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Mao II 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
darwin.8u on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book made me no longer want to just read. It made me want to be a writer. Although not his absolute best fiction, it does belong in the top tier of Delillo's work.
devandecicco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was a kid, and perhaps even to this day, I believed that Bob Dylan had all the answers. A whole generation of good-intentioned folkie-activists and beatniks thought the same I suppose. The point being is that too often we put all our hope in writers, as if they will reveal everything to us. Mao II explores the cult of personality around the writer; how worship of something/someone can be analogous to terrorism or cult worship. It takes many twists and turns around this idea, revealing how broken and suffering the life of a writer can be. It only becomes more confusing when you add a really odd sexual relationship to it. Highly recommended to anyone who is fascinated by artists...a little too much.
strandbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel I've read by Don DeLillo. I thought the characters and plot was good, but the dialogue was unbelievable. Every character, whether it was the reclusive writher, the Moonie girl, the cosmopolitan photographer and even the terrorist at the end, had the same way of speaking. Since it is not like any sort of real life dialogue I think it was even more obvious. Here's an example from the beginning:"Whire I live, okay, there's a rooftop chaos, a jumble, four, five, six, seven storeys, and it's water tanks, laundry lines, antennas, belfries, pigeon lofts, chimney pots, everyting human about the lower island--little crouched gardens, statuary, painted signs. And I wake up to this and love it and depend on it. But it's all being flattened and hauled away so they can build their towers"On a side note I found it eerie that a book written in 1991 that does have a sub plot regarding terrorism also mentions the Twin Towers multiple times. One of the characters hates them and it comes up throughout the book.
angelovesposito on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this author and his insights but I do noy always understand where it is going. I read this after White Noise and I will some more of his books.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to make of DeLillo's work when I first read it. There were so many strands to juggle, and all of them seemed to cry out so loud for my attention. I didn't know where to look without being told, or what to think without clear signposting. It was perhaps the first properly "modern" book I read, and I still think of it sometimes, now that I'm more comfortable with that world.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
rich with themes relevant to today's society, well though out and well written. not the best attention grabber, but still worth the read.