Don DeLillo: Mao II

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  • Martyn Colebrook (University of Hull)

Written in 1991, Mao II is a vital text in Don DeLillo’s expansive corpus of work and is an incisive meditation on the relationship between art, terrorism and the practitioners of both. It is DeLillo’s tenth novel and reinforces his prevailing concerns with the heightened dependence of the individual artist upon an all encompassing Capitalist system and the diminishing significance of the artist as an agent of social change or influence. Both of these thematic engagements underpin the narrative of Mao II.

The synopsis of Mao II offers many illuminations and revelations as to the range of his subject matter. The narrative focuses primarily on the novelist Bill Gray, the author of an outstanding …

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Colebrook, Martyn. "Mao II". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 June 2008
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]