Cosmopolis: A Novel

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Cosmopolis: A Novel

by Don DeLillo

Scribner | April 6, 2004 | Trade Paperback

Cosmopolis: A Novel is rated 1 out of 5 by 1.
“DeLillo’s most affecting novel yet...A dazzling, phosphorescent work of art.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.” —Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

“A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone…intimate, spare, exquisite.” —Adam Begley, The New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant new novel....Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.6 in

Published: April 6, 2004

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743244257

ISBN - 13: 9780743244251

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Brutal. I would rather shoot myself in the foot than read this horrible piece of literature again. How this book was published, I have no idea. The main character - a cold-hearted, adulterous, self-righteous man - was not likeable at all and the author always managed to treat each woman in the novel like a piece of trash.
Date published: 2007-07-24

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Cosmopolis: A Novel

by Don DeLillo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.6 in

Published: April 6, 2004

Publisher: Scribner

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743244257

ISBN - 13: 9780743244251

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from Part 1 Sleep failed him more often now, not once or twice a week but four times, five. What did he do when this happened? He did not take long walks into the scrolling dawn. There was no friend he loved enough to harrow with a call. What was there to say? It was a matter of silences, not words. He tried to read his way into sleep but only grew more wakeful. He read science and poetry. He liked spare poems sited minutely in white space, ranks of alphabetic strokes burnt into paper. Poems made him conscious of his breathing. A poem bared the moment to things he was not normally prepared to notice. This was the nuance of every poem, at least for him, at night, these long weeks, one breath after another, in the rotating room at the top of the triplex. He tried to sleep standing up one night, in his meditation cell, but wasn''t nearly adept enough, monk enough to manage this. He bypassed sleep and rounded into counterpoise, a moonless calm in which every force is balanced by another. This was the briefest of easings, a small pause in the stir of restless identities. There was no answer to the question. He tried sedatives and hypnotics but they made him dependent, sending him inward in tight spirals. Every act he performed was self-haunted and synthetic. The palest thought carried an anxious shadow. What did he do? He did not consult an analyst in a tall leather chair. Freud is finished, Einstein''s next. He was reading the Special Theory tonight, in English and German, but pu
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“DeLillo’s most affecting novel yet...A dazzling, phosphorescent work of art.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.” —Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

“A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone…intimate, spare, exquisite.” —Adam Begley, The New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant new novel....Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.” — San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Don DeLillo is the author of thirteen novels and two plays. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the Jerusalem Prize.

Editorial Reviews

"Cosmopolis is a concise Ulysses for the new century."--The San Diego Union-Tribune
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