'For those not yet haunted by the penmanship of one of America's most iconoclastic authors, The Angel Esmeralda might be the perfect way in'
This walk-through of Mr. DeLillo's uncollected shorter fiction is a kind of microcosm of the author's diverse career . . . It all confirms Mr. DeLillo's status as one of the great living American writers.'
--New York Observer
`The profundities and quandaries of existence weigh down mightily upon the shoulders of his characters and leave little room for any glimpses of joy. But for the reader, there is much pleasure to be gained from plunging headlong into the physical and psychological mazes within a DeLillo story and in The Angel Esmeralda we get a taste of his career's epic span with nine tales plucked from 1979's 'Creation' up to this year's 'The Starveling'' --The List
'Robustly brilliant . . .This collection will provide manna to his admirers, and serve as the perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his obsessive world." --Daily Telegraph
"Don DeLillo is a connoisseur of chaos. His authorial stance, if he may be said to have one, to the disasters peculiar to our time is that of a witness, bemused, detached, finical . . . DeLillo is disruptively and subtly, even surreptitiously, funny . . . a marvellous conceit, alarming and funny, a piece of vintage DeLillo bang up-to-date.' --Financial Times
`Reading The Angel Esmeralda reminded me why DeLillo is a genius, and made me optimistic about whatever he writes next.'
--Scotland on Sunday
'If DeLillo's fiction has often, in the past, put us at the epicentre of historical events, looking over the shoulder of J Edgar Hoover or Lee Harvey Oswal, these stories are attuned instead to more private terrors and tremors. They are gauges of a very fine precision, calibrated to detect the shocks of distant crises in the lives of people here and now.'
'Don DeLillo's richly compressed short stories are the work of a true master . . . In these stories or lucid dreams - sometimes drily shocking or mournfully funny, always masterfully designed - DeLillo himself isolates that stray thought, and makes of it great art.' --Guardian
"Both a terrific introduction to Don DeLillo if you've yet to dabble and a tremendously satisfying summation of what makes DeLillo great for the hardcore fan, this is an unmissable book." --Bookmunch
`Mr DeLillo packs fertile ruminations and potent consolation into each of these stories.' --International Tribune
`Written over 30 years, these stories evoke the same sense of pervasive alienation and dread DeLillo conjured in such masterful novels as White Noise and Underworld . . . It is a measure of DeLillo's artistry that he makes the reader feel that this transitory moment of sublimity and grace will provide the watchers with enough redemption to make it through another day.' --Sunday Times
`In gentler times than ours the US writer Don DeLillo would be respectfully acknowledged as a literary soothsayer. But it is now, and he is a witness of the moment, albeit a witness who saw it all coming long before everyone else did - with the honourable exception of the great JG Ballard . . . Philip Roth in late career became the chronicler of the United States; Don DeLillo, however, has long been his country's wisest seer.' --Irish Times
`No other book has made me seriously think about the nature and purpose of fiction more than this collection of nine stories. Collated from over three decades, these chart Delillo's trajectory, map out his themes and shine a light on some of the best prose written in this and the last century.' --Stuart Evers, Dirty / Realistic blogspot
`Pure grace and power.' --Catholic Herald
`DeLillo packs fertile ruminations and potent consolation into each of these rich, dense, concentrated stories.' --Scotsman
`In gentler times than ours the US writer Don DeLillo would be respectfully acknowledged as a literary soothsayer. But it is now, and he is a witness of the moment, albeit a witness who did.' --Irish Times
In The Angel Esmeralda, DeLillo finds the freedom to represent the wide range of human experience in contemporary America and forces us to confront the uncomfortable shadows lurking in the background. His characters are exposed to their own deep, often unconscious, longings: one man exploits the vulnerability of a woman hes just met, following her home to her apartment and pushing her too far; another finds himself deceiving his wife and beginning an affair. They are subjected to shocking violations, unexpected acts of terror: a woman lives in constant fear of the earthquakes happening all around her; people bear witness to the mysterious abduction of a child from a small park by a stranger. No matter whether he is focused upon the slums of New York or astronauts in orbit around the earth, DeLillo chooses not to turn away from the unsettling manner in which humans are often brought together, or the disquieting truth behind their emotional interactions. DeLillos world is a timeless present, eerily perceptive and prophetic, in which he creates powerful stories of lust and obsession, of loss and remorse, of grief and ecstasy. For those unfamiliar with his work, this intense and articulate collection offers a wonderful introduction to one of Americas greatest living writers. For those already acquainted, it will be a thrilling and significant addition.