The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

Hardback Scribner

By (author) Don DeLillo

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  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Format: Hardback | 213 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 218mm x 24mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1451655843
  • ISBN 13: 9781451655841
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 127,779

Product description

From one of the greatest writers of our time, his first collection of short stories, written between 1979 and 2011, chronicling--and foretelling--three decades of American life Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white-collar prison and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo's iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused rhythms of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories. In "Creation," a couple at the end of a cruise somewhere in the West Indies can't get off the island--flights canceled, unconfirmed reservations, a dysfunctional economy. In "Human Moments in World War III," two men orbiting the earth, charged with gathering intelligence and reporting to Colorado Command, hear the voices of American radio, from a half century earlier. In the title story, Sisters Edgar and Grace, nuns working the violent streets of the South Bronx, confirm the neighborhood's miracle, the apparition of a dead child, Esmeralda. Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists and travelers, the characters in "The Angel Esmeralda "propel themselves into the world and define it. DeLillo's sentences are instantly recognizable, as original as the splatter of Jackson Pollock or the luminous rectangles of Mark Rothko. These nine stories describe an extraordinary journey of one great writer whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape.

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Don DeLillo, the author of fifteen novels, 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 for his novel "Underworld." In 2010, he was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Prize. These stories appeared in "Esquire," "Harper's," "Granta," and "The New Yorker."

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"Magnificent."--Richard Eder, "The Boston Globe"