"The greater the scientific advance, the more primitive the fear": First Edition of White Noise; Signed by Don Delillo
Item Number: 3880
New York: Viking Press, 1985.
First edition of the author’s National Book Award-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Don DeLillo on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear.
A brilliant satire of mass culture and numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud, unleashed by an industrial accident, floats over their lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneysthe radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread. White Noise was awarded the National Book Award.