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Ratner's Star

Delillo, Don

ISBN 10: 0394400836 / ISBN 13: 9780394400839
Published by New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976, 1976
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Closed end tear to top left head of dj. Small water stain to rear bottom panel dj. Bookseller Inventory # 4846

Bibliographic Details

Title: Ratner's Star

Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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Billy Twillig has won the first Nobel Prize ever to be given in mathematics. Set in the near future, this book charts an innocent's education when Billy is sent to live in the company of 30 Nobel laureates and he is asked to decipher transmissions from outer space.

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lo's first novels, Ratner's Star  follows Billy, the genius adolescent, who is recruited to live in obscurity, underground, as he tries to help a panel of estranged, demented, and yet lovable scientists communicate with beings from outer space. It is a mix of quirky humor, science, mathematical theories, as well as the complex emotional distance and sadness people feel. Ratner's Star demonstrates both the thematic and prosaic muscularity that typifies DeLillo's later and more recent works, like The Names (which is also available in Vintage Contemporaries).

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