Ratner's Star

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Ratner's Star
Ratner's Star by Don DeLillo.
Author Don DeLillo
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
June, 1976
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 438 pp (hardback first edition)
ISBN 0-394-40083-6

Ratner's Star is a 1976 comic novel by Don DeLillo. It relates the story of a child prodigy mathematician who arrives at a secret installation to work on the problem of deciphering a mysterious message that appears to come from outer space. The novel has been described as "famously impenetrable".[1]

The novel is told in two parts; the first is a conventional narrative, the second is less so. The author has said that the structural model was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.[2] The novel develops the idea that science, mathematics, and logic—in parting from mysticism—do not contain the fear of death, and therefore offer no respite.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Christopher (5 May 2016). "Pure Vibe". London Review of Books. p. 15. 
  2. ^ LeClair, Thomas; DeLillo, Don (2005). Thomas DiPietro, ed. Conversations with Don DeLillo. University Press of Mississippi. p. 11. ISBN 1578067049.