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White Noise

White Noise


Book Overview: White Noise

White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, his fourth wife, Babette, and four ultra­modern 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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PublisherPenguin Books
Publication Date2009-12-29
Edition25th Anniversary
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
Don DeLillo is an acclaimed American author, celebrated for his exploration of modern society's themes, including technology, consumerism, and global capitalism. Born in New York City on November 20, 1936, to Italian immigrants, DeLillo graduated from Fordham University in 1958. He began his literary career in the 1970s with the publication of his first novel, "Americana". He quickly established himself as a significant postmodern narrator, and his writings continued to resonate poignantly with various facets of American life. DeLillo’s most famous work, "White Noise" (1985), a satirical drama of modern American life, earned him a National Book Award. His other notable works include "Libra" (1988), a fictional analysis of the assassination of JFK, and "Underworld" (1997), an in-depth inspection of post-war American society. DeLillo consistently pushes literary boundaries, delivering narratives equipped with stunning prose, character depth, and prescient societal critique. Despite the arguable complexity and frequently experimental nature of his work, DeLillo has gained significant recognition. He was awarded the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his novel "Mao II" and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "Underworld". Today, DeLillo’s influence upon American literature is undeniable, and his work continues to inspire readers and writers alike to confront our complex and ever-evolving world.


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