New York: Viking, 1985. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's white cloth over gray paper-covered boards, original printed dust jacket.
"No sense of the irony of human experience, that we are the highest form of life on earth, and yet ineffably sad because we know what no other animal knows, that we must die." First edition of DeLillo’s epochal National Book Award-winning novel. Narrated by Jack Hadley, a "Hitler studies" professor at a liberal arts college in Middle America when a toxic chemical spill upends his life, the postmodern social satire critiques the society it reflects. More pertinent than ever: the book engages with consumerist excess, media saturation, novelty academic intellectualism, and underground conspiracies, and is concomitantly current, futuristic, and nostalgic. Dust jacket designed by prolific book designer Neil Stuart. Spine slightly rolled, minor toning to board edges; unclipped dust jacket with light dampstaining to edges of rear panel and one small closed tear. Very good. Item #2685