White Noise (Paperback)

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If you are fascinated by American culture, mass communication, mass destruction, media, or simply have an overwhelming feeling of imminent doom, then I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Featuring a college professor who wanders supermarket aisles rhapsodizing about consumerism and the human condition, a sad and wise housewife addicted to an untested pharmaceutical meant to stave off the fear of death, and a cast of characters from the suburbs of 1980's America. The writing is absolutely gorgeous. A complex, exhilarating read.

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Winner of the 1985 National Book Award--from the author of Zero K

Winner of the National Book Award, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultra-modern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. When an industrial accident unleashes an "airborne toxic event," a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the "white noise" engulfing the Gladneys-radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings-pulsing with life, yet suggesting something ominous.

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About the Author

Don DeLillo published his first short story when he was twenty-three years old. He has since written twelve novels, including White Noise (1985) which won the National Book Award. It was followed by Libra (1988), his novel about the assassination of President Kennedy, and by Mao II, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.In 1997, he published the bestselling Underworld, and in 1999 he was awarded the Jerusalem Prize, given to a writer whose work expresses the theme of the freedom of the individual in society; he was the first American author to receive it. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780143105985
ISBN-10: 0143105981
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: December 29th, 2009
Pages: 310
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions