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Cosmopolis: A Novel by Don DeLillo

By Don DeLillo

it really is an April day within the 12 months 2000 and an period is ready to finish. The booming instances of industry optimism -- while the tradition boiled with cash and firms appeared extra important and influential than governments -- are poised to crash. Eric Packer, a billionaire asset supervisor at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly custom-made white stretch limousine. at the present time he's a guy with missions: to pursue a cataclysmic wager opposed to the yen and to get a haircut throughout city. Stalled in site visitors via a presidential motorcade, a song idol's funeral, and a violent political demonstration, Eric gets a string of holiday makers -- specialists on safeguard, expertise, foreign money, finance, and some sexual companions -- because the limo sputters towards an more and more doubtful destiny.
Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo's 13th novel, is either intimate and worldwide, a vibrant and relocating account of the mind-blowing downfall of 1 guy, and of an period.

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But you know how shameless I am in the presence of anything that calls itself an idea. The idea is time. Living in the future. Look at those numbers running. Money makes time. It used to be the other way around. Clock time accelerated the rise of capitalism. People stopped thinking about eternity. " "Wait. " He waited. Her smile was slightly twisted. "It's cyber-capital that creates the future. " "One billionth of a second," he said. "I understand none of this. " "Good. " "Yoctoseconds. " "Because time is a corporate asset now.

Horns were blowing in the street. "I like that bookshop. " she said. " "You feel hidden. You like to hide. " Men talked business in tattoo raps, in formally metered chant accompanied by the clang of flatware. "Sometimes only noise," she said, leaning into him, whispering the words cheerfully. "You were one of those silent wistful children. " "I don't know. " "All right. One thing. " "That's nice. Oh I like that," she said and kissed the side of his head, a bit maternally. " And she laughed now, lingeringly, as he gave the counterman their orders.

They are working with you, these people. They are acting on your terms," she said. " The rocking became worse and he watched her follow her glass from side to side before she was able to take a sip. "Destruction," she said. On one of the screens he saw figures descending a vertical surface. It took him a moment to understand that they were rappelling down the facade of the building just ahead, where the market tickers were located. " "Tell me," she said. " "This is also the hallmark of capitalist thought.

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