Don DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an Italian-American author, playwright and occasional essayist whose work paints a detailed portrait of American life in the late 20th andearly 21st centuries. DeLillo's novels have tackled subjects as diverse as television, nuclear war, sports, the complexities of language, performance art, the Cold War, mathematics, the advent of thedigital age, and global terrorism. He currently lives near New York City in the suburb of Bronxville.
Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-centuryAmerica.
It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and traces the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people. First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into alife that he'd always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his estranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin,standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes.
These are lives choreographed by loss, grief and the enormous force of history. Brave and brilliant, Falling Man traces the way the events ofSeptember 11 have reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory and our perception of the world. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, cathartic.
"The Falling Man" is a nickname given to a man who fellfrom the North Tower of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks in New York City, and is also the title of a photograph, magazine story and documentary film about the incident. Thephoto was taken by Richard Drew at 9:41:15 a.m. on September 11, 2001.
The subject of the image — whose identity remains uncertain, although attempts have been made to identify him — was one of thepeople trapped on the upper floors of the skyscraper who apparently chose to jump rather than die from the fire and smoke.
Five years after the attacks, Jonathan Briley, a 43-year-old employee of...