Mao II

Mao II : Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award 1992

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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. 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 133 x 201 x 17mm | 213g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099915006
  • 9780099915003
  • 104,231

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"A work of fiction not merely astonishingly fitting for our times, but rich and rewarding for anyone wishing to understand them"
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"Disturbing, provocative and darkly comic, Mao II reads, at once, as a sociological meditation on the perils of contemporary society, and as a kind of new-wave thriller" -- Michiko Kakutani New York Times "A work of fiction not merely astonishingly fitting for our times, but rich and rewarding for anyone wishing to understand them" Sunday Times "Full of marvels, both in its imagery and its language" Irish Times "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
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About Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1984. He has won the American Book Award, and the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize for his novel, Libra. He has written 16 novels, including the acclaimed works Underworld and White Noise, as well as plays, short stories and essays.
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8,168 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 20% (1,638)
4 40% (3,274)
3 30% (2,432)
2 8% (657)
1 2% (167)
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