The Silence (novel)

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The Silence
The Silence (Don DeLillo).png
First edition cover
AuthorDon DeLillo
Audio read byLaurie Anderson, Jeremy Bobb, Marin Ireland, Robin Miles, Jay O. Sanders and Michael Stuhlbarg
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherScribner
Publication date
October 20, 2020
Media typePrint (hardcover), e-book, audio
Pages128
ISBN978-1-9821-6455-3 (hardcover)
Preceded byZero K 

The Silence is a short novel by Don DeLillo. It was published by Scribner on October 20, 2020.[1] An audiobook version was released the same day, narrated by Laurie Anderson, Jeremy Bobb, Marin Ireland, Robin Miles, Jay O. Sanders and Michael Stuhlbarg.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

In 2022, on the night of the Super Bowl, Jim Kripps and his wife Tessa Berens are flying from Paris to their home in Newark, New Jersey when their plane crash-lands. In their Manhattan apartment, married couple Diane Lucas and Max Stenner are waiting for Jim and Tessa to arrive to their Super Bowl party. Martin Dekker, one of Diane's former physics students, is the only guest who has arrived. Suddenly, the world's technology systems go dark.

Reception[edit]

In its starred review, Kirkus Reviews called it a "vivid" book, and that "in its evocation of people in the throes of social crisis, it feels deeply resonant."[3]

Publishers Weekly praised DeLillo's "mastery of dialogue" and said the work stood out among DeLillo's short fiction but felt "underpowered" compared to his novels.[4]

Screen adaptation[edit]

In February 2021, Deadline Hollywood reported that producer Uri Singer acquired the screen rights to The Silence. Singer also produced Noah Baumbach's 2022 film White Noise, an adaptation of Delillo's novel of the same name.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Silence: A Novel by Don DeLillo". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Silence". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Silence by Don DeLillo". Kirkus Reviews. July 14, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Silence by Don DeLillo". Publishers Weekly. July 14, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 24, 2021). "'White Noise' Producer Uri Singer Acquires Rights To Don DeLillo's 'The Silence'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 10, 2021.