Zero K (novel)

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Zero K
Cover of first edition
AuthorDon DeLillo
Audio read byThomas Sadoski
Cover artistJasper James (photo)[1]
Jaya Miceli (design)[1]
CountryUnited States
Publication date
May 3, 2016
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
LC ClassPS3554.E4425 Z35 2016

Zero K is a 2016 novel by American author Don DeLillo.

Plot summary[edit]

The novel concerns a billionaire, Ross Lockhart, who is inspired by the terminal illness of his wife Artis to seek immortality for both of them through cryopreservation. The novel is narrated by Ross' son, Jeffrey. DeLillo has described Zero K as 'a leap out of the bare-skinned narratives of Point Omega and The Body Artist.'[2]


Zero K received positive reviews from critics.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

The Guardian referenced more "beautiful sentences and arresting observations than you'd find in most other living writers," drawing particular focus to a taxi ride in New York City, "a virtuoso passage that effortlessly braids observations on money, global politics, traffic patterns, family relations, airport security rituals and the unstoppable torrent of its flow, is as good as any of the great Arthur Avenue passages in Underworld."[12]

The Observer went further calling the book "beautiful and profound, certainly DeLillo's best since Underworld."[13]

The New York Times was effusive in its praise, declaring "sentence by sentence, DeLillo magically slips the knot of criticism and gives his readers what Nabokov maintained was all that mattered in life and art: individual genius. Sentence by sentence, DeLillo seduces." They continued: "as in the best of DeLillo's previous novels, down to the pleasures of the final page. The scene takes place in New York, with Jeff on a crosstown bus. It ends the book powerfully. I finished it stunned and grateful. DeLillo has written a handful of the past half-century's finest novels. Now, as he approaches 80, he gives us one more, written distinctly for the 21st."[14]


The audiobook is read by Thomas Sadoski.[15]

Television adaptation[edit]

In March 2017, filmmaker Charlie McDowell announced he was adapting Zero K as a limited series for FX with Noah Hawley and Scott Rudin producing.[16]


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  2. ^ "Bookmarks reviews of Zero K by Don DeLillo". LitHub. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Sacks, Sam (29 April 2016). "Fiction Chronicle: A Novelist Comes of Age". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. ^ Ferris, Joshua (2 May 2016). "Joshua Ferris Reviews Don DeLillo's 'Zero K'". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  5. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (29 April 2016). "Don DeLillo's deep freeze: 'Zero K' takes on death, futurists and cryonics". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  6. ^ Lasdun, James (11 May 2016). "Zero K by Don DeLillo review – the problem of mortality". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  7. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (25 April 2016). "Review: In Don DeLillo's 'Zero K,' Daring to Outwit Death". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  8. ^ Daum, Meghan (1 May 2016). "Death and Don DeLillo". The Atlantic. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  9. ^ Rich, Nathaniel (9 June 2016). "When High Technology Meets Immortality". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  10. ^ Keeble, Arin (10 May 2016). "Don DeLillo new book 'Zero K' review: Cryogenics, immortality and the fragility of life". Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-05-07. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
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  14. ^ Delillo, Don (3 May 2016). Zero K Audiobook on CD by Don DeLillo, Thomas Sadoski. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781501135392. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  15. ^ Swinson, Brock (30 March 2017). "The Discovery: A Big Premise Character Piece". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved 30 March 2017.