Bill Gray, a famous, reclusive novelist, emerges from his isolation when he becomes the key figure in an event staged to force the release of a poet hostage in Beirut. Mao II explores a world in which the novelist's power to influence the inner life of a culture now belongs to bomb-makers and gunmen.
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Don DeLillo's follow-up to Libra, his brilliant fictionalization of the Kennedy assassination, Mao II is a series of elusive set-pieces built around the themes of mass psychology, individualism vs. the mob, the power of imagery and the search for meaning in a blasted, post-modern world. Bill Gray, the world's most famous reclusive novelist, has been working for many years on a stalled masterpiece when he gets the chance to aid a hostage trapped in a basement in war-torn Beirut. Gray sets out on a doomed, quixotic journey, and his disappearance disrupts the cloistered lives of his obsessed assistant and the assistant's companion, a former Moonie who has also become Bill's lover. This haunting, masterful novel won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1992.From the Publisher:
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Book Description Vintage Books, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110099915006
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Book Description Viking Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1991. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Uncorrected proofs, first edition. Flat signed by Don DeLillo on the title page. Trade softcover, no DJ as issued. Condition new, spine not creased, corners sharp. 8vo, 239 pages/ No markings of any kind, no names, underlinings or highlights. Not a reminder. Uncommon uncorrected proofs signed by author. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 010199