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The Body Artist

By |2018-03-21T18:28:31+01:00May 19th, 2003|Recent Reviews|

By Don DeLillo

Picador, 2001. 124 pages.


hen novelists who embellish the palpable take a break from social parody they often see ghosts. So it is with the prolific DeLillo. Rey Robles, an aging film director, is dead, a suicide; his younger wife Lauren Hartke, a body artist, dwells in a haze. She’s mesmerized by a web-cam broadcast from a rural town in Finland and announces, “The dead times were the best.” When she finds a boy, a man-child, in her rural New England home, she’s ferried into the clairvoyant. Inner monologue can easily lose its way, but in DeLillo’s carefully elliptical hands Hartke’s condition is a keen meditation on self-involvement and loss.

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