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DeLillo, Don. COSMOPOLIS. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 209 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

The author's thirteenth novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2003. The First hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The first serious literary attempt to come to terms with the so-called "dotcom bubble" financial debacle at the close of the 20th century, whose after-shock reverberates to this day. Takes place entirely in one day as Packer, the protagonist, gradually then volcanically unravels while he is driven across Manhattan to get a haircut, a dramatic "set-up" only DeLillo could pull off convincingly. The book is ultimately an extended meditation on what it means to be human in an inhuman Digital Age. Since DeLillo's allegorical novel is, as expected, scathing and ruminates a good deal, the novel has received some of the most mixed reviews of his long and brilliant career, a misunderstanding on the part of an audience and critics with various preconceptions rather than a shortcoming on DeLillo's part, whose target is always on the mark. If only die-hard Don DeLillo admirers read this novel, it would be a shame because the writer always has something arresting and important to say, in exquisite language that few other living American writers possess today. The novel is dedicated to Paul Auster, who has dwelled on the dark side of the American Dream in his own work. A "must-have" title for Don DeLillo collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the front free endpaper by Don DeLillo. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, and the signature stands out on the page. DeLillo seldom does public signings. Most signed copies are pre-signed through the publisher on a tipped-in page, which does not have the same collectible value. Laid-in is a copy of the Souvenir Program, "Traffic", published to commemorate the performance held at the Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago, in which the author read from an excerpt of "Cosmopolis", with two leading Steppenwolf actors. The Souvenir contains a full-page account by DeLillo on how he came to write his novel, which has not appeared in published form anywhere else. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Regarded by the literary critic Harold Bloom as one of the canonical writers of the 20th century. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Jerusalem Prize in 1999, the first American writer to be so honored, among numerous other literary prizes. "Underworld" was selected as the second most important work of American fiction of the last 25 years by The New York Times panel of writers, editors, and critics. "Libra" and "White Noise" were included in the Top 20 list. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DON DELILLO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0743244249. $100.00

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