His first novel, Don DeLillo's Americana passionately articulates the neurotic landscape of contemporary American life through a disintegrating embodiment of the American dream. Prosperous, good-looking and empty inside, 28-year-old advertising executive David Bell appears on the surface to have everything. But he is a man on the brink of losing his sanity. Trapped in a Manhattan office with soulless sycophants as his only company, he makes an abrupt decision to leave New York for America's mid-west. His plan: to film the small-town lives of ordinary people and make contact with the true heart of his homeland. But as Bell puts his films together in his hotel room, he grows increasingly convinced that there is no heart to find. Modern America has become a land that has reached the end of its reel... Don DeLillo (b.1936) was born and raised in New York City. Americana (1971), his first novel, announced the arrival of a major literary talent, and the novels that followed confirmed his reputation as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in late-twentieth-century American fiction. DeLillo's comic gifts come to the fore in White Noise (1985), which won the National Book Award, Underworld (1997), hailed by Martin Amis as 'the ascension of a great writer', Cosmopolis (2003), adapted into a film by David Cronenberg, due to be released later this year, and Falling Man (2007), a novel about the aftereffects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. If you enjoyed Americana, you might like DeLillo's Libra, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'He's a writer who, once you read him, makes you want to read everything he's done' Martin Amis, Sunday Times 'Witty, clever and incisive ... a marvellously realized plot' Time Out 'Nearly every sentence of Americana rings true ... DeLillo is a man of frightening perception' Joyce Carol Oates
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At twenty-eight, David Bell is the American dream come true. He has fought his way to the top, surviving office purges and scandals to become a top television executive. David's world is made up of the images that flicker across America's screens, the fantasies that enthrall America's imagination. And then the dream--and the dream-making--become a nightmare. At the height of his success, David sets out to rediscover reality.About the Author:
The author of thirteen novels, five plays, and numerous short stories, Don DeLillo was born in 1936. Americana (1971), his first novel, announced the arrival of a major literary talent, and the novels that followed confirmed his reputation as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in late-twentieth-century American fiction. DeLillo's comic gifts come to the fore in White Noise (1985), which won the National Book Award, and Underworld (1997), with its vivid portraits of actor Jackie Gleason and standup comedian Lenny Bruce.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1971. Book Condition: Good. First edition. Good plus hardcover First Edition without dustwrapper. Book covers have tape shadows. Large stain on front endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 137985
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 1971. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First Edition, First Printing. Two tape stains on each endpaper and dry glue residue on rear endpaper. NO other library markings. Book and jacket are very tight and clean. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 21540
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1971. H Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. F First Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1971. F First Edition. H Hard Cover. Very Good. First edition, first printing in jacket. Auhtor's first novel. Jacket has $6.95 price. Book has slight wear; neat ink name on half title; jacket has some darkening, nicks, and tears to edges. Bookseller Inventory # 00520193
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1971. hardcover. Book Condition: near fine. Dust Jacket Condition: very good(+). First. 8vo, cloth backed boards, d.w. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971. First Edition. The author's first book. A very good copy, with a closed tear on the top of the dust wrapper spine, not impinging on the lettering. The d.w. is foxed on the verso. "Ghost" of a small label on the dark blue endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 160998
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Signed by the AUthor on the title page. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 3492
Book Description Boston. Houghton, Mifflin, Company. 1971., 1971. First Edition. With copyright 1971 and "First Printing" stated on the copyright page. DeLillo's scarce first novel with only 4,500 copies printed. "Innocence and vitality are the hallmarks of the last American myth." VG+/VG in blue woven cloth spine stamped brightly in red, and red paper-covered boards stamped in blue. Clean and tight with top corners bumped. In a complete, white dustjacket printed in blue, red, and black; the rear panel features a photograph of a contempletive DeLillo. With light soiling to the white center of the front panel and a touch of wrinkling to the spine ends and one tiny closed tear. The inside flaps very clean with the original price of $6.95 at the top of the front inside flap and "0571" at the bottom. A scarce book. First Edition. With copyright 1971 and "First Printing" stated on the copyright page. Bookseller Inventory # 4073
Book Description Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near fine. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. First edition, first printing.. Signed by the author on the title page. 388 pp. Octavo [22 cm]; original blue cloth backed boards and photographically illustrated dust jacket. Publisher's blue topstain matches the book's cloth and endsheets. Top edges of the boards and text block show a hint of sunning, else near fine. The dust jacket is very good with some wear to the edges, corners, and folds. Overall, a bright, clean, and tightly bound copy. The celebrated author's first work. Bookseller Inventory # 47897
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, U.S.A., 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Briefly INSCRIBED and SIGNED by DeLillo. Fine in Fine dust jacket. A crisp, clean and unread copy of this critically acclaimed author's 1st book!. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 001081
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1971. Hard Cover. First Edition. 1st printing. DJ has a tear att he bottom of the spine about 1 inch by 1/2 inch, also has a small stain at top of spine. DJ has some creasing and toning. VG++/VG+. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 28368
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. First edition, first prnt. Signed and dated "Nov 30, 2008" by DeLillo on the title page. Additionally, a 3x5 card is laid-in on which DeLillo has written, "Okay - send it. One book, one time. D" Spine cloth just slightly rubbed; dustjacket with chipped spine ends and corners, a closed tear, minimal shelfwear and wrinkles and toning on the front flap fold. Very Good condition in a Very Good- dustjacket with an archival cover. DeLillo's first novel. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2109