Love-Lies-Bleeding

Don DeLillo

Alex Hauser left New York and gave up easel painting to live and create land art in the southwestern desert. Now seventy, he has had his second massive stroke. His young third wife Lia believes that somewhere deep inside his mind is still alive, but Alex’s ex-wife and son, Toinette and Sean, have come to this remote place to help him die.

Scarlet four o’clock, terminal sedation, night blooming cereus, respiratory depression, sacred datura, persistent vegetative state, love-lies-bleeding, life long devotion: the names of desert flowers and the language of death are equally potent and mysterious in this haunting and urgent play. Like Wit and Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Love-Lies-Bleeding explores the perilous question of when life ends—or should. It is also a play about a son looking for the father who abandoned him, and it is about the odd emotional tenacity of relationships long-ended, about shared language as the antidote to loss.

Praise for Don DeLillo’s previous play, Valparaiso:

'May be the novelist’s most satisfying work since White Noise . . . Valparaiso is art at its finest' Boston Globe

'Indisputably electric . . . fresh and pertinent' New York Times

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033052565701
Published: 18/08/2011

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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