Falling Man A Novel (Hardcover)
|Author: Don DeLillo|
|In this essential work of fiction, DeLillo traces the way the events of September 11 kindled or rekindled relationships and reconfigured Americas perceptions of the world in a novel that is beautiful, heartbreaking, and, ultimately, redemptive.|
From the Publisher:
Escaping from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, Keith Neudecker makes his way to the uptown apartment where his ex-wife and young son are living and considers the ways in which the day's events have irrevocably changed his perception of the world. 150,000 first printing.There is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years.
Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people.
First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he'd always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his es-tranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes.
These are lives choreographed by loss, grief and the enormous force of history.
Brave and brilliant, Falling Man traces the way the events of September 11 have reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory and our perception of the world. It is cathartic, beautiful, heartbreaking.
Since the debut of AMERICANA in 1971 Don DeLillo has been the preeminent fictional chronicler of the subterranean intersection between the forces of political power and individual ideology, a perspicacious articulator of the seething paranoia of global milieu, and a brainy prose surgeon of our fabulist reality. FALLING MAN is a novel about September 11th, something that should surprise no one since September 11th is the type of event, in its colossal concept-shattering force, that, if it had NOT happened, DeLillo would have had to invent himself. These are the types of historical landmarks that DeLillo was born to write about, to grapple with, to be cowed by, to overcome, to imagine and re-imagine, and through literature, reclaim as something that can, however furtively, be known.
Falling Man by Don DeLillo - Book
By: Ted Gioia Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 5/15/2007 2:34 AM
|No American novelist is better suited to tackle this subject than Don DeLillo, who makes an outstanding contribution to the genre with his latest effort, Falling Man. A year ago, three of DeLillo’s works were highlighted in a list of the best novels of the last 25 years compiled by The New York Times, and each of them focused on themes of disaster, tragedy or looming crisis. DeLillo’s 1985 novel White Noise dealt with an “airborne toxic event” which beleaguers protagonist Jack Gladney, a professor who specialized in the emerging academic specialty of Hitler Studies. ...read the full review|