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Zero K - Don DeLillo

Zero K - Don DeLillo

Title: Zero K

Author:  Don DeLillo

ISBN:  9781509822850

Weight:  741g

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Zero K by Don DeLillo

Jeffrey Lockhart’s father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing.  Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise.  Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say “an uncertain farewell” to her as she surrenders her body.

“We are born without choosing to be.  Should we have to die in the same manner?  Isn’t it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?”

These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, most particularly, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world.  For his son, this is indefensible.  Jeff, the book’s narrator, is committed to living, to experiencing “the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth.”

Don DeLillo’s seductive, spectacularly observed and brilliant novel Zero K weighs the darkness of the world – terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague – against the beauty and humanity of everyday life: love, awe, “the intimate touch of earth and sun.”

Peer & Press Reviews

This is a book that is both beautiful and profound, certainly DeLillo’s best since Underworld, and will reward repeated reading.

Alex Preston, Guardian

I finished it stunned and grateful.  DeLillo has written a handful of the past half-century’s finest novels.  Now, as he approaches 80, he gives us one more, written distinctly for the 21st.

Joshua Ferris, New York Times Book Review

Among DeLillo’s finest work…  DeLillo sneaks a heartbreaking story of a son attempting to reconnect with his father into his thought-provoking novel.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Title: Zero K
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781509822850
ISBN 10: 1509822852
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 274
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 161 x 30mm
Design Credits
Cover design: Neil Lang (Picador Art Department)
Jacket images: Peter Chadwick / Getty Images

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