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The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories
 
 
Author
Don DeLillo.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781451655841
Pages/Publication Date 213/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31366
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(Finalist for the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award; one of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2011) This is the first story collection from the National Book Award winner and William Dean Howells Medalist who wrote such novels as White Noise, Libra, Underworld, and Falling Man. Written between 1979 and 2011, and set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white-collar prison, and outer space, these nine stories form a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo's iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused rhythms of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories. In "Creation," a couple at the end of a cruise somewhere in the West Indies can't get off the island. In "Human Moments in World War III," two men orbiting the earth, charged with gathering intelligence and reporting to Colorado Command, hear the voices of American radio from a half-century earlier. And in the title story, Sisters Edgar and Grace, nuns working the violent streets of the South Bronx, confirm the neighborhood's miracle, the apparition of a dead child. "The gods have equipped DeLillo with the antennae of a visionary," said Martin Amis in The New Yorker. "There is right field, and there is left field. He comes from third field—aslant, athwart. And I love The Angel Esmeralda."

"Masterly and austere ... even the most fragmentary of [the stories] provides the pleasure of reading the inimitably elegant sentences that DeLillo has been fashioning for four decades."—Washington Post

"The typical DeLillo tale reads like a diagnosis of a zeitgeist malady we never knew we had, and in these stories the malady is one of spellbound fixation. DeLillo has achieved a very particular kind of greatness ... and his gifts ... are, for a contemporary American writer, unsurpassed."—NYReview of Books

 
 
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