The wit and wisdom of Don DeLillo

03 May 2016

To celebrate Zero K, the new novel from one of the great American novelists, Don Delillo, we've collected some of our favourite quotes from the author of Underworld and White Noise

Don DeLillo on . . . 

Love 

'I would spend the rest of my life turning to speak to her.'
White Noise

Knowledge

'A fact is innocent until someone wants it; then it become intelligence.' 
Libra

Stories

'Stories are consoling, fiction is one of the consolation prizes for having lived in the world.'
Conversations with Don Delillo

Death

'I've got death inside me. It's just a question of whether or not I can outlive it.'
White Noise

Holidays 

'That's why people take vacations. No to relax or find excitement or see new places. To escape the death that exists in routine things.'
White Noise

Sharing too much 

'If you reveal everything, bare every feeling, ask for understanding, you lose something crucial to your sense of yourself. You need to know things that others don't know. It's what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.'
Point Omega

Time 

'Everything is barely weeks. Everything is days. We have minutes to live.'
Cosmopolis

Talent 

'Talent is more erotic when it's wasted.'
Cosmopolis

Writing 

'When my head is in the typewriter the last thing on my mind is some imaginary reader. I don’t have an audience; I have a set of standards.'
Paris Review, 1993

Perspective 

'What you see is not what we see. What you see is distracted by memory, by being who you are, all this time, for all these years.'
Falling Man

Nature 

'When birds look into houses, what impossible worlds they see.' 
The Body Artist

Music 

'Music was a liquid presence... invisible wine for the ear to taste.'
Great Jones Street

Fire 

'The smoke alarm went off in the hallway upstairs, either to let us know the battery had just died or because the house was on fire.'
White Noise

Technology 

'You could put your faith in technology. It got you here, it can get you out. This is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other.'
White Noise

Fear 

'How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us?
White Noise

Dreams 

'It is so much simpler to bury reality than it is to dispose of dreams.'
Americana

Zero K 
Don Delillo

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.

>>>Start reading Zero K 

Zero K is published in hardback and ebook on 19 May 2016.

Don DeLillo, the author of fifteen novels, including Point Omega, Falling Man, White Noise and Libra, has won many honours in America and abroad, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his novel Underworld. In 2010, he received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award. In 2014 he was awarded Norman Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement and in 2015 the National Book Awards Medal for Distinguish Contribution to American Letters. He has also written three plays.

Zero K is published in hardback and ebook on 19 May 2016 - See more at: http://www.picador.com/blog/january-2016/don-delillo-to-publish-new-novel-zero-k-in-2016#sthash.092nxF8n.dpuf

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