Zero K by Don DeLillo review – the problem of mortality

Zero K by Don DeLillo review – the problem of mortality

At one point Ross, who is healthy, threatens to put himself in cryo along with his beloved wife so as not to be left behind

Sinister scientists and cryogenic pods: one of our leading chroniclers of contemporary reality turns his attention to life after death

O ne doesn’t think of Don DeLillo as a religious writer, exactly, but there has always been an atmosphere of divination and prophecy about his work; a tendency for his plots to take their characters through successive portals of initiation, often into vaguely cultic mysteries. His prose, too, has always had a distinct bias toward the state of rapture, whether he’s observing a grungy streetscape or a desert sunrise. His last novel took its title, Point Omega, from the Jesuit thinker Teilhard de Chardin, who coined the phrase for the end-state of transcendent consciousness towards which he believed the universe was evolving. From Point Omega to Zero K would seem a short distance, conceptually, and the books certainly share an interest in Last Things. The main difference is that while Point Omega tackled questions of oblivion and extinction obliquely, Zero K goes at them full on. (altro…)

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