Authors > Don DeLillo

Since the publication of his first novel Americana, Don DeLillo has lived in the skin of our times. He has found a voice for the forgotten souls who haunt the fringes of our culture and for its larger-than-life, real-life figures. His language is defiantly, radiantly American.

The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. The writer is the man or woman who automatically takes a stance against his or her government.

There are so many temptations for American writers to become part of the system and part of the structure that now, more than ever, we have to resist.

American writers ought to stand and live in the margins, and be more dangerous. Writers in repressive societies are considered dangerous. That's why so many of them are in jail.

Don DeLillo, from the 1988 interview with Ann Arensberg

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White Noise

White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultra­modern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. When an industrial accident unleashes an airborne toxic event, a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneys...

Year: 1985     Genre: Satire

Mao II

An extraordinary novel from Don DeLillo about words and images, novelists and terrorists, the mass mind and the arch-individualist, 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.

Year: 1991     Genre: KidnappingTerrorist


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.

Year: 1997     Genre: Literature


From the author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and The Silence, an eerily convincing fictional speculation on the events leading up to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Year: 1998     Genre: Historical Thriller

The Silence

From one of the most dazzling and essential voices in American fiction, a timely and compelling novel set in the near future about five people gathered together in a Manhattan apartment, in the midst of a catastrophic event.

Year: 2020     Genre: HumorLiterature

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1972End ZoneHumor, Military, Football
1973Great Jones StreetLiterature, Music
1977PlayersLiterature, New York City
1977Ratner's StarHumor, Literature
1978Running DogPolitical Thriller, Satire
1982The NamesLiterature, Greece
1985White NoiseSatire
1991Mao IIKidnapping, Terrorist
1997UnderworldLiterature, New York City
1998LibraHistorical Thriller
2001The Body ArtistLiterature
2003CosmopolisLiterature, New York City
2007Falling ManLiterature, Terrorist, New York City
2010Point OmegaLiterature
2016Zero KHumor
2020The SilenceHumor, Literature, New York City




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