Books by Don DeLillo

THE ANGEL ESMERALDA by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Completists will search for clues in this slight but rich volume to the maturation of DeLillo's artistry."
The renowned author's first story collection presents a chronological progression of nine narratives, organized into three parts, challenging readers to make connections. Read full book review >
POINT OMEGA by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"An icy, disturbing and masterfully composed study of guilt, loss and regret—quite possibly the author's finest yet. "
Moving a step beyond the disturbing symbolism of Falling Man (2007, etc.), DeLillo ruminates teasingly on a tendency toward obliteration perhaps locked into the DNA of all living things. Read full book review >
FALLING MAN by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2007

"Beauty from ashes."
The contemporary master's 14th novel is a pulsating exploration of our recent history akin and comparable to such predecessors as White Noise (1985), Libra (1988) and Mao II (1991). Read full book review >
COSMOPOLIS by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2003

"The crystalline metaphysician-ironist is only sporadically present in this distorted, frustratingly opaque world."
High finance, terrorism and paranoia, and various new technologies, all are targets in DeLillo's darkly satirical latest: a bleakly funny footnote to such earlier anatomies of contemporary malaise as The Names (1982), White Noise (1985), and Mao II (1991). Read full book review >
THE BODY ARTIST by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2001

"A virtually perfect short novel, shimmering with in-held meaning, menace, and—oddly—a kind of reassurance."
This surpassingly eerie tale from the author of such contemporary classics as End Zone (1972), White Noise (1991), and Underworld (1997) artfully blends DeLillo's characteristic themes of paranoia and disorientation with the allure of the old-fashioned ghost story. Read full book review >
UNDERWORLD by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 1997

"He kicks the rock of reality, teases out the connectedness of things, and leaves us in awe."
Working at the top of his form, DeLillo draws on his previous novels (Mao II, 1991, Libra, 1988, etc.) in shaping his most ambitious work yet, a grand Whitmanesque epic of postwar American life—a brainy, streetwise, and lyrical underground history of our times, full of menace and miracles, and humming with the bop and crackle of postmodern life. Read full book review >
MAO II by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"For all its "cool gloom," his latest novel stands in denial of Gray's doom-drenched semiotics: it's a luminous book, full of anger deflected into irony, with moments of hard-earned transcendence."
With a formidable body of work behind him, DeLillo has earned the reflexive musings of this heady portrait of an obsessed and reclusive writer—a novelist haunted by the corruptions of an image-dominated world, and hunted by those who deny him the eloquence of silence. Read full book review >
LIBRA by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1988

"But these are flaw-specks in a book that is genuinely dread-filled—a story that everyone knows he doesn't really know, and which DeLillo worries, and prods, and deepens with sure artistry."
DeLillo's fascination with conspiracy, apocalypse, and public events—tesselated from a hundred chips of separate, small human misery—turns to the Kennedy assassination almost inevitably. Read full book review >
WHITE NOISE by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1984

"DeLillo turns a TV-movie disaster scenario into a new Book of Revelations in these pages: a very disturbing, very impressive achievement."
DeLillo, whose recent taste for fashionable conspiracy and political/philosophical statement has detracted from his eloquent gifts, is back in top form here: sections of this new novel harken back to his best, early, most generous work—and also extend themselves further into regions of dark domestic poetry and fearful pity. Read full book review >
THE NAMES by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 1982

James Axton is an American free-lance writer working out of Athens as a part-time "risk analyst" for a shadowy conglomerate selling political-risk insurance, mostly to large companies fearful of having a foreign base of operations collapse on them (just as Iran is doing right then, in the novel). Read full book review >
RUNNING DOG by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 1978

PLAYERS by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1977

"A talent reaffirmed, then, but a talent that this time doesn't quite connect."
For one over-extended, under-involved Manhattan couple—stockbroker Lyle and Pammy of the Grief Management Council—"What seemed to be missing was the desire to compile." Read full book review >
RATNER'S STAR by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 1976

"It is a novel to be read, not for plot (rambling, obscure) nor for character (a thousand loony variations on the author), but for prose—DeLillo's enraptured aria to the twin kabala of mathematics and language, in arc after dazzling arc of words."
Billy Pilgrim, meet Billy Twillig—no Vonnegutian unstuck-in-time traveler, but another lugubrious pubescent hero beset by strange experiences having to do with extraterrestrial contact and space-time distortion. Read full book review >
GREAT JONES STREET by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 1973

"But in any case there is the same brinksmanship, drastic verve and undercutting lip which give these concepts and abstractions (these include the characters) a surreal sense of life just as it faces extinction."
This is the third one of Mr. DeLillo's one-of-a-kind novels in as many years — metamyths dealing with the unlovely face of America phrased this time (the last was a football player) around a rock-'n-roll artist "in endland" who retires to a "cold as a penny" room on Great Jones Street in lower Manhattan. Read full book review >
END ZONE by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 1972

You may remember DeLillo's recent first novel Americana which never succeeded in getting it to gether although then, as again now, he seems to have at his natural command a kind of articulate mobility one cannot help but admire. Read full book review >
AMERICANA by Don DeLillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 1971

"One is left with a great many impalpables, along with the impression that DeLillo has a lot going for him — a fanciful, sharp rogue talent."
Certainly there's something of Walker Percy's movie-goer, movie-watcher in Don DeLillo's David Bell and his kinescopic vista of America — "all fragments of the exploded dream" or the good life he's pursuing. Read full book review >