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DeLillo, Don. FALLING MAN. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 246 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fourteenth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The wraparound DJ design utilizes the famous photograph of the Twin Towers, still standing tall, surrounded by clouds. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Don DeLillo's "Falling Man". The title alludes to the often-suppressed photograph of the man who, rather than be engulfed in flames, jumped to his death from one of the Twin Towers on 9/11. DeLillo vividly tells the aftermath through what happens to one of the imaginary survivors, Keith Neudecker. He then "rewinds" at the end and takes the reader back inside the Twin Towers as the planes strike the buildings, one of the most stunningly imagined endings about Apocalypse Now/The End ever written. "Through all the terror, fire, and smoke, DeLillo's voice is steady as a metronome, recounting exactly what happens to Keith as he sees friends and co-workers maimed and dead, navigates the stairs, and, ultimately, is saved. Though several post-9/11 novels have been written, not one of them is as compellingly true, faultlessly conceived, and beautifully written as this novel" (Valerie Ryan). And there are at least two major novels, among other homages, memorials, and other artistic gestures thus far on 9/11: Ian McEwan's "Saturday" and Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close", both published in 2005, both fine novels. Still, DeLillo's connection to 9/11 goes way back: To 1977, with "Players", giving his new book a fuller retrospective power than either McEwan or Foer. The prophetic line in "Players" is eerie: "The towers didn't seem permanent. They remained concepts, no less transient for all their bulk than some routine distortion of light" (Don DeLillo). An absolute "must-have" title for Don DeLillo collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Don DeLillo. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. DeLillo made a rare appearance in New York City to launch the book. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: DeLillo seldom does public signings, and limits the number of books he signs when he does. Signed copies of his books are usually available from the publisher, pre-signed on a tipped-in page, which does not have the same collectible value. A rare 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 writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DON DELILLO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1416546022. $200.00

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