The Silence by Don DeLillo. First edition (2020). First impression. Medium format hardback in new condition. Signed by Don DeLillo to a dedicated page. No markings. This is a new book.
About The SilenceFrom one of the most dazzling and essential voices in American fiction. This is a timely and compelling novel set in the near future about five people gathered together in a Manhattan apartment. In the midst of a catastrophic event. So, Don DeLillo completed this novel just weeks before the advent of Covid-19. Although, the Silence is the story of a different catastrophic event. Its resonances offer a mysterious solace. It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people, dinner, also an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor and her husband and her former student waiting for the couple who will join them from what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. The conversation ranges from a survey telescope in North central Chile to a favorite brand of bourbon to Einstein's 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity. Then something happens and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed. What then follows is a dazzling and profoundly moving conversation about what makes us human. Never has the art of fiction been such an immediate guide to our navigation of a bewildering world. Never have DeLillo's prescience, imagination, and also language been more illuminating and essential.