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Libra A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Don DeLillo
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143119257
ISBN-13: 9780143119258
Sku: 217601011
Publish Date: 8/30/2011
Pages:  461
Age Range:  22 to UP
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From the Publisher:
The scheme of two disgruntled CIA agents to stage an unsuccessful attempt on the life of President Kennedy and link it to Cuba backfires when the erratic Lee Harvey Oswald goes too far.
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DeLillo puts his own memorable spin on the Kennedy assassination, bringing to life with plausibility and wit all the major characters in the unsolved drama. A "work of imagination," according to DeLillo, the novel presents Lee Harvey Oswald as an intensely realized, highly conflicted character who is recruited not to kill the president but to make an unsuccessful assassination attempt that will ultimately be blamed on Castro."
Author Bio
Don DeLillo
DeLillo was raised in the Bronx as a Catholic and was educated by Jesuits. More interested in sports than in literature, he discovered books when he held a boring summer job and had nothing else to do but read. He has a B.A. from Fordham (1958) and worked in advertising after graduation. He published his first short story in 1960. His first novel, AMERICANA, was published in 1971. DeLillo chronicles modern mass culture with an astute eye, and is considered one of the most important late 20th-century novelists.

DeLillo was raised in the Bronx as a Catholic and was educated by Jesuits. More interested in sports than in literature, he discovered books when he held a boring summer job and had nothing else to do but read. He has a B.A. from Fordham (1958) and worked in advertising after graduation. He published his first short story in 1960. His first novel, AMERICANA, was published in 1971. DeLillo chronicles modern mass culture with an astute eye, and is considered one of the most important late 20th-century novelists.

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"The Last Innocent White Man in America"
"Don DeLillo's cold and brilliant novel begins with thirteen-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald and his mother--that American Medea, Marguerite--watching television in the Bronx....DeLillo flies by night, and enters, an exorcist, into rooms and dreams. In each room, he finds a secret and a coincidence, a loneliness and a connection, even a kind of theology...But language is DeLillo's plastique. Out of gnarled speech, funny, vulgar, gnomic, he composes stunning cantatas for the damned to sing. LIBRA is as choral as it's cinematic." - John Leonard

"DeLillo's language is dazzling as he presents an ingenious fusing of fact and fiction, theory and reality....This is a hallucinatory meditation on the seductiveness of conspiracy: strangely lyrical and fraught with steadily encroaching terror." - Joseph Finder 08/29/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0461
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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