The Names

Don DeLillo

‘Compelling . . . strange and wonderful and frightening’ New Yorker

DeLillo’s seventh novel is an exotic thriller. Set mostly in Greece, it concerns a mysterious ‘language cult’ seemingly behind a number of unexplained murders. Obsessed by news of this ritualistic violence, an American risk analyst is drawn to search for an explanation. We follow his progress on an obsessive journey that begins to take over his life and the lives of those closest to him.

In addition to offering a series of precise character studies, The Names explores the intersection of language and culture, the perception of America from both inside and outside its borders, and the impact that narration has on the facts of a story. Meditative and probing, DeLillo wonders: how does one cope with the fact that the act of articulation is simultaneously capable of defining and circumscriptively restricting access to the self?

‘A serious and complicated novel which deserves praise . . . an outstandingly well-written and constructed book’ Guardian

 

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033052486502
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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