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The novelist Andrew O’Hagan is, in his critical writings, never afraid to take on big subjects and, quite often, to make airy generalisations that sound impressive but whose meaning is never entirely clear. But he has written a very interesting and on-the-money review of Don DeLillo’s new novel, Falling Man, in the latest issue of the NYRB (the novel was reviewed in June’s Prospect by Erik Tarloff). O’Hagan’s basic point is that all DeLillo’s fiction has, in some sense, been a preparation for 9/11, or a disaster of a similar magnitude—he has always been obsessed with terrorism, and with the…

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