With A New Introduction by the Author

Book - 2006
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From the author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and Zero K

In this powerful, eerily convincing fictional speculation on the assassination of John F. Kennedy , Don DeLillo chronicles Lee Harvey Oswald 's odyssey from troubled teenager to a man of precarious stability who imagines himself an agent of history. When "history" presents itself in the form of two disgruntled CIA operatives who decide that an unsuccessful attempt on the life of the president will galvanize the nation against communism, the scales are irrevocably tipped.

A gripping, masterful blend of fact and fiction, alive with meticulously portrayed characters both real and created, Libra is a grave, haunting, and brilliant examination of an event that has become an indelible part of the American psyche.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780140156041
Characteristics: xii, 456 p. ; 20 cm


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Dec 31, 2018

I'm up and down with DeLillo. Libra is a masterpiece to cherish, while White Noise seemed to be rubbish to me. If you pick this one up, you will have a tremendous ride through the dark heart of the American underclass. Oswald is portrayed as a sort of vicious nebbish, while Ruby, his killer, is brought to hysterical life: fawning over the police, incompetently running his strip club while his sanity crumbles. I don't know if the events described are exactly right but they seem that way.

Aaron_McGuire Jul 19, 2011

A thoroughly enjoyable read and a good way for a beginner to peer into JFK conspiracy theory without being overwhelmed.

Jun 08, 2011

I recommend "Libra" to readers who may have failed at other attempts to read Don DeLillo's more well known and less structural novels, and are still wondering what all the fuss is about!

As a child of the sixties, the assassination of John F. Kennedy is still a visceral moment in American history for me. The images from that day are burned into the minds of my generation, documents of madness, loss, and national grief. DeLillo captures our obsession with this moment by drawing us close to the enigmatic but central figure of this drama, Lee Harvey Oswald, with chilling, fascinating results.

DeLillo takes the few facts we know about Oswald and knits them into a haunting and riveting narrative with all the skill of the brilliant writer he is. To draw near to such a lonely, lost character as Oswald is at once satisfying and chilling.

DeLillo brilliantly captures a moment frozen in time and reanimates it for a new generation, as well as those of us still marked by it's tragedy.


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