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A cryogenics cult: Don DeLillo’s “Zero K”

Don DeLillo's satire on a futuristic "faith-based technology" is rigorously intellectual and moving

By Elaine Showalter   April 2016

Ageing and death have long obsessed Don DeLillo © Jean-Christian Bourcart/Getty Images)

Early in Don DeLillo’s new novel Zero K, a young American named Jeff Lockhart eats breakfast in the “food unit” of a remote and mysterious facility. “What is this we are eating?” he asks a man nearby wearing a “monk’s cloak” of purple embellished with gold. “It’s called morning plov,” the man replies. I looked up “plov” and discovered that it is a popular Uzbek casserole…

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