The StoryDon DeLillo
Update by BuckyW, 1/27/13
This post includes the synopsis of the novel from the publisher, posted when the blog was first established. I’m updating here with the synopsis of the story from the film’s official website, www.cosmopolisthefilm.com. Readers can learn much more about the story throughout this blog of course; from reviews of the film and from out original series posts. Please go to menu items at the top of the blog to explore further.
Synopsis from Official Film Production Site:
From the Publisher of ‘Cosmopolis’:
Cosmopolis is nothing if not challenging, thought-provoking, and utterly different.
Cosmopolis is written with the sort of intensity you simply don’t get elsewhere.
Cosmopolis…is not just something new, and not just about what is new. It is about newness itself: the high-pressure extrusion of the future into the razor-thin now-moment we inhabit….Cosmopolis is a concise Ulysses for the new century.
~The San Diego Union-Tribune
A brilliant new novel….Don Delillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.
~San Francisco Chronicle
Cosmopolis, “a brisk, absorbing book that pulses with his trademark themes: alienation and paranoia, art and commerce, reality and representation, sex and death, the global market, terrorism, class and their often absurd and violent interplay.”
~The Minneapolis Star
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Simon and Schuster – Cosmopolis
It is an April day in the year 2000 and an era is about to end. The booming times of market optimism — when the culture boiled with money and corporations seemed more vital and influential than governments — are poised to crash. Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. Today he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol’s funeral, and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors — experts on security, technology, currency, finance, and a few sexual partners — as the limo sputters toward an increasingly uncertain future.
Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo’s thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of the spectacular downfall of one man, and of an era.