Out on 14 October 2021

The Silence

Don DeLillo

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14 October 2021
9781529057102
192 pages
Synopsis

From one of America's greatest writers, The Silence is a timely and compelling novel about what happens when an unpredictable crisis strikes.

It is Super Bowl Sunday in the year 2022. Five people are due to have dinner in an apartment on the east side of Manhattan. The hosts are a retired physics professor and her husband; they are joined by one of her former students and await the arrival of another couple, delayed by what becomes a dramatic flight from Paris.

In the apartment, talk ranges widely. The opening kickoff is one commercial away. 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.

An apocalyptic novel for our times

Guardian, Book of the Week

The Silence is a horrifyingly resonant book

Observer

Slim and timely

New Statesman