Don DeLillo and Kae Tempest in conversation

Listen to two literary greats discussing the purpose of a novel, and what our current times mean for literature.

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Kae Tempest interviews one of their literary heroes and one of America's greatest living writers, Don DeLillo on the purpose of fiction, his long career and his latest novel Zero K.

Zero K

by Don DeLillo

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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 . . .

Hypnotic and seductive, Zero K is a visionary novel about the legacies we leave, the nobility of death, and the ultimate worth of 'the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth.'

Listen to an audio extract of Zero K, below: