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Mao II: Delillo, Don

Mao II

Delillo, Don

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ISBN 10: 0099915006 / ISBN 13: 9780099915003
Published by Viking, New York City, 1991
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Near fine copy with slight wear to corners of wraps. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 239 pages; Uncorrected proof in illustrated wraps, signed in blue ink by DeLillo on the title page. ; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 7654

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Title: Mao II

Publisher: Viking, New York City

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Uncorrected Proof.

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Synopsis:

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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Don DeLillo's follow-up to Libra, his brilliant fictionalization of the Kennedy assassination, Mao II is a series of elusive set-pieces built around the themes of mass psychology, individualism vs. the mob, the power of imagery and the search for meaning in a blasted, post-modern world. Bill Gray, the world's most famous reclusive novelist, has been working for many years on a stalled masterpiece when he gets the chance to aid a hostage trapped in a basement in war-torn Beirut. Gray sets out on a doomed, quixotic journey, and his disappearance disrupts the cloistered lives of his obsessed assistant and the assistant's companion, a former Moonie who has also become Bill's lover. This haunting, masterful novel won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1992.

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