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Author: Don DeLillo Narrator: To Be Announced Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 20, 2020 ISBN: 9781797117614
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From one of the most dazzling and essential voices in American fiction, a timely and compelling novel set in the near future about five people gathered together in a Manhattan apartment, in the midst of a catastrophic event.

Don DeLillo completed this novel just weeks before the advent of Covid-19. The Silence is the story of a different catastrophic event. Its resonances offer a mysterious solace.

It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people, dinner, an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The retired physics professor and her husband and her former student waiting for the couple who will join them from what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris. The conversation ranges from a survey telescope in North-central Chile to a favorite brand of bourbon to Einstein’s 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity.

Then something happens and the digital connections that have transformed our lives are severed.

What follows is a dazzling and profoundly moving conversation about what makes us human. Never has the art of fiction been such an immediate guide to our navigation of a bewildering world. Never have DeLillo’s prescience, imagination, and language been more illuminating and essential.

“Mysterious...Unexpectedly touching...[DeLillo offers] consolation simply by enacting so well the mystery and awe of the real world.” —Joshua Ferris, The New York Times Book Review

“DeLillo [has] almost Dayglo powers as a writer.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Brilliant and astonishing…a masterpiece…manages to renew DeLillo’s longstanding obsessions while also striking deeply and swiftly at the reader’s emotions…The effect is transcendent.” —Charles Finch, Chicago Tribune

“Daring... provocative... exquisite...captures the swelling fears of our age.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An American master.” 


    Salman Rushdie, praise for the author


  • “Mysterious…Unexpectedly touching…[DeLillo offers] consolation simply by enacting so well the mystery and awe of the real world.” 


    Joshua Ferris, The New York Times Book Review


  • “DeLillo [has] almost Dayglo powers as a writer.” 

    Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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About the Author

Don DeLillo is an acclaimed essayist, playwright, short story writer, and novelist. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Saul Bellow Prize, the Jerusalem Prize, and the William Dean Howells Medal. Before becoming a writer, he worked for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Currently, he lives in New York City.