Zero K (Hardcover)

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Don DeLillo’s novel Zero K is a haunting meditation on life and death that lingers in the mind long after the last page is read. Jeffrey Lockhart has been summoned by his father to a secure, sprawling compound in the former Soviet Union. He is there to say his final farewells to his terminally ill stepmother as she is being prepared to be cryogenically frozen until a time when science can cure her ailments. What will the future hold for her? What is a life when there is no longer a beginning and an end? DeLillo’s prose is as sharp and striking as ever. This is a book that longs to be read and discussed at length with others.

— Ryan, Chicago ORD


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The wisest, richest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time--an ode to language, at the heart of our humanity, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.

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 new novel 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."

Zero K is glorious.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781501135392
ISBN-10: 1501135392
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English