Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his 60s with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to lives of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say "an uncertain farewell" to her as she surrenders her body.
"We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn't it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?"
These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, most particularly, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world. For his son, this is indefensible. Jeff, the book's narrator, is committed to living, to experiencing "the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on Earth".
Don DeLillo's seductive, spectacularly observed, and brilliant new novel weighs the darkness of the world - terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague - against the beauty and humanity of everyday life, love, awe, and "the intimate touch of earth and sun".
Zero K is glorious.
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Von Sibylle Am hilfreichsten 27.09.2016
What is real?
"When we see something, we are getting only a measure of information, a sense, and inkling of what is really there to see. …We're seeing only intimations. The rest is our invention, our way of reconstruction what is actual, if there is any such thing."
Don DeLillo is a master at confronting you with the really big questions of life, told through a beautiful and compelling story. Zero K is no exception, and reminded me again why he is one of my favorite writers.
What does it mean to be human? What is real? How do we want to die - and how to live? One of my top audio books of the year.