The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories (Compact Disc)
November 2011 Indie Next List
“This is the book DeLillo fans have been waiting for -- his first collection of short stories written between 1979 and 2011. In these stories, DeLillo takes global themes and ideas, the conflicts we often don't want to acknowledge, and makes them human. The subjects are true and resonant: a jogger who witnesses a kidnapping, an elderly nun working in poverty-stricken New York, an astronaut looking down on a war-ravaged Earth. Each story is textured in DeLillo's precise, startling voice, one that can shout and whisper at the same time.”
— Michael Karpus, Books & Books at Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour, FL
From oneof the greatest writers of our time, the first ever collection of brilliant short stories, written between 1979 and 2011; chronicling and foretelling three decades of American life.
Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white collar prison, and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo's iconic voice, fromthe rich, startling, jazz-infused sentences of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories.
In Creation, a couple at the end of a cruise in the West Indies can t get off the island. In Human Moments in World War III, two men orbiting the earth hear American radio, a half century ago. In the title story, nuns working the violent streets of the south Bronx, confirm the neighborhood's miracle, the apparition of the dead child, Esmeralda.
Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists, and travelers, the characters in "The Angel Esmeralda" propel themselves into the world and define it. DeLillo's sentences are instantly recognizable, as original as the splatter of Jackson Pollock or the luminous rectangles of Rothko. These nine stories describe an extraordinary journey of one great American writer and are a perfect introduction to the author whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape.
About the Author
Don DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels, including "Zero K", "Underworld", "Falling Man", " White Noise", and "Libra". He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work, and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2010, he was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Prize. "The Angel Esmeralda" was a finalist for the 2011 Story Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 2012, DeLillo received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award for his body of work.
Michael Cerveris is an American singer, guitarist, and actor. He has performed in many stage musicals and plays including "Romeo & Juliet", "Sweeney Todd", and "Hedwig and the Angry Itch". He won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his role in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Assassins". His most notable television role has been as September in the series "Fringe".
Peter Friedman has appeared in The Heidi Chronicles and the musical Ragtime on Broadway; in the films Safe, The Seventh Sign, and Single White Female; and in the television series Brooklyn Bridge.