At a glance:
- Author: Don DeLillo
- First Published: 1991
- Type of Work: Novel
- Genres: Long fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Self-discovery, Power, personal or social, Religion, Novelists, Mysteries, Cults, Terrorism or terrorists, Intelligence service, Hostages or hostage taking
- Locales: Europe, United States, Asia, London, England, Beirut, Lebanon, Greece, North America, Northeast (U.S.), Athens, Greece, Lebanon, New York, New York, United Kingdom
When Mao II opens, novelist Bill Gray has elected to withdraw from public scrutiny for more than twenty-five years. The author of two books that, in the 1950’s, had found a cultlike following, Gray decided that such celebrity status made him a commodity and retired to a bunkerlike compound outside Manhattan. In that time, he has worked endlessly revising a novel-in-progress that rests in dozens of boxes and binders in his compound. Gray knows the book is a waste but cannot bring himself to acknowledge that. With curmudgeon eccentricity, Gray sees himself as...
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