John Dugdale

Master Of The Universe

Cosmopolis

By

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DON DELILLO’S FIRST full-length novel since Underworld opens deceptively with the musings of an insomniac intellectual – on Freud, avant-garde art, the anatomy of gulls, the significance of towers and surfaces, whether the word ‘skyscraper’ is outmoded – as dawn breaks over Manhattan. Gradually, once he has begun a day-long crosstown journey in a chauffeured limousine, we learn that this penseur and poetry-lover is Eric Packer, a virtuoso trader in stocks and currencies who, at twenty-eight, is a multibillionaire.

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