The Angel Esmeralda

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The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories (2011) is a collection of short stories by Don DeLillo, published in November 2011. The nine stories are printed in chronological order and were written between 1979 and 2011. It is DeLillo's first such collection.


The nine stories included in the collection, and their original publications and dates, are:

  • "Creation", Antaeus, Spring 1979
  • "Human Moments in World War III", Esquire, July 1983
  • "The Runner", Harper's, September 1988
  • "The Ivory Acrobat", Granta, Autumn 1988
  • "The Angel Esmeralda", Esquire, May 1994
  • "Baader-Meinhof", The New Yorker, April 1st 2002
  • "Midnight in Dostoevsky", The New Yorker, November 30th 2009
  • "Hammer and Sickle", Harper's, December 2010
  • "The Starveling", Granta, Autumn 2011


The collection was widely praised by critics. The Guardian described the stories as "masterfully designed" and "great art."[1] Writing in The New Yorker, Martin Amis said: "These nine pieces add up to something considerable, and form a vital addition to the corpus."[2] The New York Times called the stories "excellent" and said "DeLillo packs fertile ruminations and potent consolation into each of these rich, dense, concentrated stories."[3] The Daily Telegraph called the stories "robustly brilliant."[4] It was selected as a finalist for the 2011 The Story Prize and the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.