Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a 60-year-old billionaire with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing.
Ross is the principal investor in a remote, secret complex where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can restore them to a life of transcendent promise.
Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the precinct to say "an uncertain goodbye" as she gives up her body.
"We are born without choosing to be.
Should we die the same way?
Isn't it a human glory to refuse to accept a particular fate?"
These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, in particular, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awaken to a new world.
For your son, this is indefensible.
Jeff, the narrator of the book, is committed to living, to experiencing "the mixed amazement of our time, here on earth.
Don DeLillo's spectacularly watched and brilliant novel weighs the darkness of the world - terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague - against the beauty and humanity of everyday life; love, fear, "the intimate touch of the earth and the sun".
Nació en Nueva York en 1936.
Escribió las novelas Americana (1971), End Zone (1972), Great Jones Street (1973), Ratners Star (1976), Players (1977; SeixBarral, 2004), Fascination (1978), Names (1982), Noise in the background (1985; Seix Barral, 2006), Libra (1988), Mao II (1991);
Seix Barral, 2008), Submundo (1997), Body art (2001), Cosmópolis (Seix Barral, 2003) y El hombre del salto (Seix Barral, 2007); y los ensayos En las ruinas del futuro (2002) y Contrapunto (2004; Seix Barral, 2005).
Ha recibido numerosos premios en los Estados Unidos y en el extranjero.