Don DeLillo könyvei a rukkolán


Don DeLillo - Fehér ​zaj
Jack ​Gladney professzor egy amerikai egyetemi városkában tanít, zavaros családi viszonyok közt, sok házasságból sok gyerekkel, feje körül a tudományos fontoskodás glóriájával. A lomha kisvárosban mindenki függőkertes plázákban, buja szupershopokban, testhezálló gyorsbüfékben, csillapíthatatlan fogyasztási lázban, kékesen derengő tévéfényben, elektronikusan áradó információkból jól értesülten éli mindennapjait. A légmentesen illeszkedő digitális díszleteken itt csak egyvalami üt rést, a félelem a felfoghatatlan, egyszeri és mindnyájunkat utolérő "eseménytől". Vagyis a haláltól. A hetvenéves szerzőt, a mai amerikai próza meghatározó alakját a posztmodern irodalom előfutárai közt ünneplik. A tizennégy regényével zajos sikereket arató, hazai és nemzetközi díjakat besöprő kultuszíró Fehér zaj című regénye a Time magazin "Minden idők 100 legjobb könyve" listájára is felkerült, sőt szerzőjét a Nobel-díjra esélyesek közt emlegetik.

Don DeLillo - A ​mérleg jegyében
A ​regény cselekménye három szinten játszódik: az elsőn a CIA, az amerikai hírszerzés egyik munkatársa a gyilkosság körülményeit kutatja, hátterét, motivációját igyekszik a lehető legpontosabban rekonstruálni. A második: Lee Harvey Oswald, a feltételezett gyilkos élettörténete, cselekedetei, érzelmei. A harmadik: az Oswaldot eszközként használó erők, a CIA, az FBI - vagy éppenséggel a KGB - mesterkedése. "Egy olyan esetben - írja DeLillo -, amikor a híresztelések, tények, a hivatalos ködösítés, az ellentétes bizonyítéksorok és a több tucat útvesztőszerű elmélet kibogozhatatlanul összekeverednek egymással, talán úgy tűnhet, hogy egy kitalált regény csak egy újabb bejegyzés lehet a nem tudás krónikájában. Mivel azonban ennek a könyvnek a célja nem a tényekkel alátámasztható igazság, és mivel ez a könyv csak önmaga, külön és önmagában áll, az olvasó itt talán menedéket találhat, ahol nem kényszerítik a féltékenyek, nem csábítják reménytelen bolyongásra a lehetőségek ezrei, és ahol nem éri el a találgatások hullámverése, amely az évekkel csak tovább dagad és tovább szélesedik."

Don DeLillo - Point ​Omega
In ​this potent and beautiful novel, the writer The New York Times calls “prophetic about twenty-first-century America” looks into the mind and heart of a scholar who was recruited to help the mili­tary conceptualize the war. We see Richard Elster at the end of his service. He has retreated to the desert, in search of space and geologic time. There he is joined by a filmmaker and by Elster’s daughter Jessica—an “otherworldly” woman from New York. The three of them build an odd, tender intimacy, something like a family. Then a devastating event turns detachment into colossal grief, and it is a human mys­tery that haunts the landscape of desert and mind.

Don DeLillo - A ​fenevad szabad
A ​regény - Bucky Wunderlick képzeletbeli amerikai popénekes, hivatásos közönségőrjítő és elektronizált sámán története - az utóbbi évek egyik leghatásosabb és leglármásabb mítoszpótlékát, a rock-jelenséget és kísérőkliséjét, a pop-bálvány élettörténetének félirodalmi műfaját veszi célba. Don DeLillo, a fiatal amerikai író önmagával szembesíti a klisét, mégpedig oly módon, hogy a pop-életrajz vázát, nyelvezetét hűségesen követve megírja a klisé kliséjét, majd ezt összefonja a másik népszerű műfaj, a krimi sablonjainak szórakoztató kivonatával. Az önmagával meghasonlott rock-sztár körül pedig felvonul az amerikai hippi- és pop-világ egész maszkabálja: a Transparanoia nevű üzleti mammut vezérigazgatója, Globke, a lemezpiac nagy manipulátora, a Boldog Völgy nevű gazdakommuna hippijei, akik egymásra acsarkodó csoportokban hirdetik a föld és az élet szeretetét egy New York-i bérházban; fellép doktor Pepper, a kábítószer titokzatos pápája, a szárnyaszegett Bucky öntudatos párja a népőrjítésben, valamint Henig, az eszelős, sikertelen zugíró, Bucky megzápult, megöregedett mása.

Don DeLillo - Underworld
Nick ​Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life; she is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence. Underworld is a story of men and women together and apart, seen in deep, clear detail and in stadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of the Cold War. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinary times — Don DeLillo's greatest and most powerful work of fiction.

Don DeLillo - Ratner's ​Star
One ​of DeLillo'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).

Don DeLillo - Zero ​K
The ​wisest, richest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time—an ode to language, at the heart of our humanity, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life. Jeffrey Lockhart’s father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say “an uncertain farewell” to her as she surrenders her body. “We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn’t it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?” These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, most particularly, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world. For his son, this is indefensible. Jeff, the book’s narrator, is committed to living, to experiencing “the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth.” Don DeLillo’s seductive, spectacularly observed and brilliant new novel weighs the darkness of the world—terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague—against the beauty and humanity of everyday life; love, awe, “the intimate touch of earth and sun.” Zero K is glorious.

Don DeLillo - White ​Noise
Winner ​of the National Book Award in 1985, Don DeLillo's postmodern masterpiece is about Jack and Babette, a middle America couple with children from previous marriages. After a deadly toxic accident and Babette's addiction to an experimental drug, Jack is forced to question everything about his life.

Don DeLillo - Mao ​II
"One ​of the most intelligent, grimly funny voices to comment on life in present-day America" (The New York Times), Don DeLillo presents an extraordinary new novel about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist. At the heart of the book is Bill Gray, a famous reclusive writer who escapes the failed novel he has been working on for many years and enters the world of political violence, a nightscape of Semtex explosives and hostages locked in basement rooms. Bill's dangerous passage leaves two people stranded: his brilliant, fixated assistant, Scott, and the strange young woman who is Scott's lover — and Bill's.

Don DeLillo - The ​Body Artist
“DeLillo’s ​most affecting novel yet...A dazzling, phosphorescent work of art.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.” —Malcolm Jones, Newsweek “A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone…intimate, spare, exquisite.” —Adam Begley, The New York Times Book Review “A brilliant new novel....Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Don DeLillo - Libra
An ​unparalleled work of historical conjecture, ranging imaginatively over huge tracts of the American popular consciousness, Don DeLillo's Libra contains an introduction by the author in Penguin Modern Classics. In this powerful, eerily convincing fictional speculation on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Don DeLillo chronicles Lee Harvey Oswald's odyssey from troubled teenager to a man of precarious stability who imagines himself an agent of history. When "history" presents itself in the form of two disgruntled CIA operatives who decide that an unsuccessful attempt on the life of JFK will galvanize the nation against Communism, the scales are irrevocably tipped.

Don DeLillo - Cosmopolis ​(angol)
It ​is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end. The booming times of market optimism - when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments - are poised to crash. Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. Today he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol's funeral, and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors - experts on security, technology, currency, finance, and a few sexual partners - as the limo sputters toward an increasingly uncertain future. _Cosmopolis_, Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of the spectacular downfall of one man, and of an era.

Don DeLillo - Running ​Dog
Running ​Dog is the title of a 1978 novel by Don DeLillo. At its center is a rumored pornographic film of Adolf Hitler, purportedly filmed in his bunker in the climactic days of Berlin's fall. The novel follows a journalist as she tries to penetrate a murky black market of wealthy erotic-art collectors in order to locate the film. The tale grows increasingly wild and violent as she closes in on this bizarre grail. The book derives its title from a fictional "underground" magazine modeled on Rolling Stone. This publication also featured in Great Jones Street.

Don DeLillo - Players
In ​this remarkeble novel of menace and mystery Pammy and Lyle Wynant are an attractive, modern couple who seem to have it all. Yet behind their "ideal" life is a lingering boredom and quiet desperation which leads both of them into separate but equally fatal adventures. And still they remain untouched, "players" indifferent to the violence that surrounds them, and that they have helped to create. "Don DeLillo... is original, versatile, and, in his disdain of last year's emotional guarantees, fastidious... Into our technology-ridden daily lives he reads the sinister ambiguities, the floating ugliness of America's recent history" John Updike, _New Yorker_ "A witty, harrowing and superbly controlled novel about modern alienation and violence" _Washington Post_

Don DeLillo - Great ​Jones Street
The ​narrator of this novel is Bucky Wunderlick, a Dylan-Jagger amalgam who finds he's gone as far as he knows how. Mid tour he leaves his rock band and holes up in a dingy East Village apartment, in Great Jones Street. The plot revolves around his retreat and a drug designed to silence dissidents.

Don DeLillo - Americana
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 success, David sets out to rediscover reality. Camera in hand, he journeys across the country in a mad and moving attempt to capture, to impose, a pattern on his own, and America’s, past, present, and future.

Don DeLillo - The ​Day Room
The ​play opens in a brightly lit hospital room occupied by two men. One, the amiable Budge, does Tai Chi exercises while trying, without much success, to strike up a conversation with his taciturn roommate, Wyatt. Then, slowly but inexorably, their world begins to spin away from reality as they are visited by a series of fellow patients and hospital staffers, all of whom, it turns out, may not be what they seem. Oddly normal, but also oddly frightening, it is soon apparent that they have strayed in from the psychiatric ward of the adjacent Arno Klein Wing, and are all quite mad. In the second act, which is set in the day room of the psychiatric ward, the same performers reappear, but with different identities. Some of them, claiming to be actors, transform the room into a tacky motel suite in which a play-within-the-play is to take place; others become tourists searching for the renowned "Arno Klein Theater Company"; and one man, strait-jacketed and tied in a chair, "becomes" a television set. At last Arno Klein himself appears, and proves to be the man (Budge) who started the play. So, in the end, we have come full circle, with appearance and reality, madness and normality, still tantalizingly undefined, and with the growing conviction that all the world may indeed be no more than a stage-and all its inhabitants merely players.

Don DeLillo - Cosmopolis
Eric ​Packer, a fiatal milliárdos egy átlagosnak tűnő áprilisi napon kilép New York-i lakásából, és beszáll a csúcstechnikával és luxuscikkekkel fényűzően berendezett fehér limuzinjába. Ezen a napon két komoly küldetés áll előtte: világrengető spekulációs támadást kell intéznie a japán jen ellen - és el kell jutnia Manhattan túlsó végébe a fodrászához. Ericnek hol az amerikai elnök motoros kísérete, hol egy zenészbálvány temetési menete, hol egy erőszakos politikai tüntetés állja útját. A kocsi kényelmes bőrülésén egymást váltják a látogatók: biztonsági, műszaki és pénzügyi szakértők, sőt Eric menyasszonya és szeretője is, miközben a limuzin az egyre bizonytalanabb jövő felé araszolgat. A könyvből David Cronenberg készített nagyszabású, lehengerlő filmet Robert Pattison és Juliette Binoche főszereplésével.

Don DeLillo - Falling ​Man
There ​is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years. _Falling Man_ begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and traces the aftermath of that day in the lives of members of a fractured family. Intimate and brave, it is a resonant, compassionate exploration of reconfigured emotions, jolted memories, and irrevocably altered perceptions of the world.

Don DeLillo - The ​Names
Set ​against the backdrop of a lush and exotic Greece, The Names is considered the book which began to drive "sharply upward the size of his readership" (_Los Angeles Times Book Review_). Among the cast of DeLillo's bizarre yet fully realized characters in The Names are Kathryn, the narrator's estranged wife; their son, the six-year-old novelist; Owen, the scientist; and the neurotic narrator obsessed with his own neuroses. A thriller, a mystery, and still a moving examination of family, loss, and the amorphous and magical potential of language itself, The Names stands with any of DeLillo's more recent and highly acclaimed works. "The Names not only accurately reflects a portion of our contemporary world but, more importantly, creates an original world of its own." _Chicago Sun-Times_ "DeLillo sifts experience through simultaneous grids of science and poetry, analysis and clear sight, to make a high-wire prose that is voluptuously stark." _Village Voice Literary Supplement_ "DeLillo verbally examines every state of consciousness from eroticism to tourism, from the idea of America as conceived by the rest of the world to the idea of the rest of the world as conceived by America, from mysticism to fanaticism." _New York Times_