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Mao II: A Novel Paperback – Deckle Edge, 1 May 1992

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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.


Praise for Mao II

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

"The writing is dazzling; the images, so radioactive that they glow afterward in our minds." 
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"If Don DeLillo has not yet been canonized as the leading American novelist, it will happen. The man is brilliant and daring . . . and Mao II is one of his best books." 
The Washington Post Book World

"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

"A mordantly funny, casually prescient, hypnotically condensed novel . . . It is short, loosely plotted but simultaneously tight as a drum . . . Mao II goes beyond the easy tack of offering art as some humanistic antidote to terror, and instead delineates their uneasy commonalities." 

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin USA; Edition Unstated (1 May 1992)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0140152741
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0140152746
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 213 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.76 x 13.03 x 1.83 cm
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