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End Zone

Don DeLillo

‘Nobody, it seems, could write better than this. No one could have a clearer vision of the micro-circuitry of post-modern life’ Evening Standard

Ostensibly, DeLillo’s blackly comic second novel is about Gary Harkness, a football player and student at Logos College, west Texas. During a season of unprecedented success, Gary becomes increasingly fixated on the threat of nuclear war. Both frightened and fascinated by the prospect, he listens to his team-mates discussing match tactics in much the same terms as generals might contemplate global conflict. But as the terminologies of football and nuclear war – the language of end zones – become interchanged, the polysemous nature of words emerges, and DeLillo forces us to see beyond the sterile reality of substitution. This clever and playful novel is a timeless and topical study of human beings’ obsession with conflict and confrontation.

‘Powerfully funny, oblique, testy, and playful, tearing along in dazzling cinematic spurts . . . A masterful novel’ Washington Post

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033052496402
Published: 04/03/2011

Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo, the author of numerous novels, including Point OmegaFalling ManWhite Noiseand Libra, has won many honours in America and abroad, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his novelUnderworld. In 2010, he received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award. He has also written several plays.

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