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The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

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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
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Published November 15th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2011)
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Dec 22, 2012 s.penkevich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Conor Oberst
Let the words be the facts. This was the nature of our walks – to register what was out there, all the scattered rhythms of circumstance and occurrence, and to reconstruct it as human noise.’

After hearing the opening lyrics to the Bright Eyes song Gold Mine Gutted, I spent 2 years of high school believing that Don DeLillo was some obscure brand of whisky. While passing time between lectures in college, I stumbled upon DeLillo’s short story The Angel Esmeralda in my lit. textbook and, after fee
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Several years back, a dear friend of mine and former fella, a pack-rat who practically asphyxiated his 3-bedroom house with all his scattered bits of fabric, broken mannequins, modified guitar pedals, doodled-upon pages of butcher paper, random glass-framed thrift-store paintings, wires, screws, stacked tupperware containers full of paints and pastels, Melodicas and chord organs, "clever" coffee mugs full of stale neon pink brush water, records, movies, and books upon books upon books, up and de ...more
Violet wells
Mar 07, 2016 Violet wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, 21st-century
Angel Esmeralda –
1 Creation – A husband and wife are trapped on a remote island where all outgoing flights are cancelled. As ever Delillo’s prose is gloriously incisive and lyrical. And as usual he does a fabulous job of evoking in a new and searing light contemporary situations. In this story he’s brilliant at capturing the ennui of waiting at airports; the arresting of the narrative of a life by unseen circumstances. And showing how sometimes life happens when you’re waiting for the next chapt
Krok Zero
Dec 12, 2011 Krok Zero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter-11-to-12

DeLillo, so closely identified with the novel, one of the artists whose insistence upon the novel as the preeminent form of human expression, or at least American expression, has allowed the novel to endure as such... this same DeLillo, this mad genius with the ever-loaded and inimitable style evident in each of his fifteen-ish novels, has written just enough short stories over his four-decade career for this slim collection to be publishable. Short stories?? Don, you taught u
João Carlos
”O anjo Esmeralda – Nove histórias” é um livro do escritor norte-americano Don DeLillo (n. 1936) que reúne nove contos escritos entre 1979 e 2011.
Nos primeiros cinco contos: ”Criação” (1979) – 3*, ”Momentos calorosos na Terceira Guerra Mundial” (1983) – 3*, ”O Corredor” (1988) – 3*, ”A acrobata de marfim” (1988) – 3* e ”O anjo Esmeralda” (1994) – 4* - não existe nenhum destaque literário a referir; exceptuando, o conto ”O anjo Esmeralda” (1994), a história de duas freiras, Grace Fahey e Edgar qu
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jul 08, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
You know how in high school or college English classes, you unpack every single line of whatever text you're studying at the time. The class looks deeply into the work for symbolism, metaphor, syntax, diction, and deeper meaning. To be honest, much as I can enjoy doing it, I think a lot of that's bullshit. Sometimes a spade is just a spade, you know. Sometimes, the color of the wallpaper in the room wasn't the author subtly trying to send the reader a message about the hero's emotional state.

Gabi Dopazo
Nov 07, 2012 Gabi Dopazo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t like going on too much about books. Writing in English makes it harder. But there is also that feeling of undoing something that I don’t like. Undoing characters, undoing a plot, breaking the story apart, the beginnings, the ends

Today I feel I have to write something. I can’t mark the book read, give it 5 starts and move on with my life as normal. Come home, say hello, go in the kitchen, get a glass of something, turn the computer on, give it 5 stars...

I didn’t take any notes. I don’t li
Marcello S
Dec 24, 2015 Marcello S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qui ci sono nove racconti scritti tra il 1979 e il 2011.

Mi è sembrato tutto abbastanza eccezionale.
Frasi perfette, storie infallibili, finali sospesi.

E niente, vorrei saper scrivere allo stesso modo.
Peccato che i regali di Natale son già impacchettati altrimenti almeno una copia l’avrei rifilata. [78/100]

PS: il racconto che dà il titolo alla raccolta è presente anche in Underworld.
Paul Gleason
Nov 11, 2012 Paul Gleason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm usually very skeptical about short story collections written by major novelists. In my opinion, very few novelists can succeed in both the short story and novel format. The exceptions? Joyce, Hemingway, Lawrence, O'Connor, Kafka, Melville, Barth, Coover, Wallace, Vollmann, Gass, Dick . . . and now, surprisingly, DeLillo, whom I had pegged for a marathon runner and not a sprinter.

Well, DeLillo can sprint - and very well. His stories in this collection, with the exception of the title story, a
Apr 25, 2016 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd venture that a flawless short story is one of the best reading experiences available. All the possibility inherent in the medium, distilled and pressing outwards: character, setting, theme, style, plot, all second, but integral, to the moment so necessary to the short story. When done well, the construction is invisible; the art appears rich & effortless.

In this collection, Don DeLillo works these stories to their poor bones. Sick, limping, they try their very best to offer something --
Parker F
While WHITE NOISE may be among my favorite novels, this collection makes me less convinced of DeLillo's genius. While he certainly has a unique voice, here I found some motifs so widespread as to suggest authorial laziness. Nearly every story in this book contains at least a passage in which one or more characters construct a fictive biography of some bystander. In some of the more involved cases the entire plot of the story is a character creating a story about a more peripheral character. Thus ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Read this because it was nominated for the PEN / Faulkner award, but I would have read it anyway, love DeLillo. The stories are great, but the book is SHORT and they span such a long span of time. I want more. MORE, I say.

The first story, "Creation," is about a couple trying to get a flight out of a Caribbean airport. The words were lush while the situation was slightly shocking.

"Human Moments in World War III" discusses war and humanity from the safety of space, after the ban of nuclear weapons
Don DeLillo es un tipo que, no sé por qué, me cae bien. En las fotos tiene pinta de hombre severo y que está por pocas bromas, pero a mí me da la sensación que en realidad es un tipo cordial y amable con el que puedes conversar fácilmente de cualquier cosa (creo que esta idea se desprende de las pocas muestras que he podido leer de su correspondencia con David Foster Wallace).

He leído dos de los novelones de Don DeLillo (‘Ruido de fondo’ y ‘Libra’) y los dos me encantaron. Pero, como sus novelo
Jan 17, 2015 Eduardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two stories stand out in this collection, “The Angel Esmeralda” and “Hammer and Sickle” (5 stars each). Both are bewitching. In the first one (about two very committed nuns and a lost young girl that is raped, murdered, and then comes back in an apparition) DeLillo’s voice becomes personal, lets himself go, and he plays with his ideas, with his style, with the originality of his characters, for quite a reading experience. The second, narrated in the first person by a white-collar inmate in a min ...more
Alan Chen
I'm a huge fan of DeLillo but this collection of short stories was slightly disappointing. If I attempt to summarize the stories they sound kind of bland (a couple gets stranded because they can't get a flight, 2 college students fantasize about a stranger, 2 nuns see an image of an angel on an advertising sign) because these stories are more about atmosphere, mood, or the interior life of the characters. The problem I had with them is that the stories are rich in gloom/doom and this ominous qua ...more
Hit and miss on a lot of these stories. "Human Moments in World War III" seems to get a mention in most reviews here and otherwise. I really loved that one. Hands down my favorite. A weird not so distant future of its time it's incredibly nostalgic and at the same time incredibly prophetic.

'“I still get depressed on Sundays,” he says.

“Do we have Sundays here?”

“No, but they have them there and I still feel them. I always know when it’s Sunday.”

“Why do you get depressed?”

“The slowness of Sundays.
Oct 13, 2012 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Don Delillo is one of those writers who either hits a home run with me or hits a series of amazing fouls. Mao II made me want to be a writer. White Noise pretty much convinced me I would never be good enough. Reading these 9 stories that span about 30 odd years it is clear that Delillo is a master of the literary universe. There are stories that seem to anticipate disaster and others that seem to translate the quiet terror of the present into more than words. It is like there is a hidden text be ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Elalma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordamericana
Una volta non amavo leggere racconti, ma poi con il tempo ho dovuto ricredermi di fronte a quelli di Salinger, di Dubus, della Munro e di altri. Per questo non ho avuto timori nel leggere questa raccolta, avendo amato molto DeLillo nei romanzi che ho letto; questi racconti sono molto diversi gli uni dagli altri, ma in tutti ho riconosciuto lo stile asciutto ma ricco nello stesso tempo, la profonda analisi che sconfina nell'alienazione ma non nella paranoia, l'ansia di fronte alle paure e il desi ...more
Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
l'angelo sospeso

storie spezzate, frammenti di racconti, gente che transita per gli aereoporti e che va cinque volte al cinema in un giorno, un angelo sospeso riflesso su un cartellone pubblicitario, gente in prigione e gente che vive come se lo fosse...DeLillo traccia un'umanità sbilenca, negli anni accumula questi ritratti inquietanti e ce li porge su un vassoio laccato...i cui riflessi rimandano ai suoi avvertimenti passati e alle profezie che poi si sono avverate...
I blush to admit this is the first Don DeLillo I've read since devouring Libra as an undergrad. I was moved to read him again since so many writers that I admire, from Martin Amis to David Foster Wallace, from Chang-Rae Lee to Zadie Smith, have cited him as an influence. His hypnotic prose, and the sense of unease that he gives to everyday settings and events, made this collection a compelling read. Judging from the reviews on this site, everyone's favourite story seems to be "Human Moments in W ...more
Paolo Latini
Apr 23, 2013 Paolo Latini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americans
[Primo abbozzo di una recensione che per quanto possa diventare lunga e completa non renderà mai sufficiente giustizia al libro di uno scrittore di cui leggerei anche la lista della spesa e il cui nome per me è palesemente uno dei nomi di DIO, se un tale essere metafisico c'è]

———si capisce che mi piace DeLillo?———————

Questa raccolta di racconti raccoglie alcuni racconti che DioDeLillo ha scritto e pubblicato tra il 1979 e il 2010. Personalmente sento la mancanza di "Total Loss Weekend" che DioDe
Nov 23, 2011 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful piece of publishing. Nine stories that map my favorite American writer's career from the early impressionistic "Creation" to the dark and enigmatic "The Starveling" (also available in the latest issue of Granta). The book is divided into three sections that invite the reader to read thematically, with each section fronted by a stark black-and-white photo. I actually have the 1983 issue of Esquire that originally ran "Human Moments in World War III," so it's nice to be able to ...more
Maria Carmo
Oct 09, 2012 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
The writer is a master of the art of using words. His hand takes the reader through his stories as if through a labyrinth of human mind, obsessive and painfully real. But somehow, this is the kind of masterly book that leaves you with a gaping hole inside... The absurdity and emptiness of daily routines, the depth of silent despair of characters, are quite the opposite of how I try to live and learn, every day of my life. The book may be masterfully written, but still leaves the reader with no h ...more
Simone Subliminalpop
Momenti di umanità nella terza guerra mondiale
Il corridore
L'acrobata d'avorio
L'angelo Esmeralda
La mezzanotte in Dostoevskij
Falce e martello
La Denutrita
Aug 14, 2015 Fede rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A touching, dramatic story.

I was struck by the descriptions of the lives of those people in the Bronx, their appalling existences , with the right mix between horror and beauty.
Jeff Jackson
Sep 28, 2012 Jeff Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. The strongest book DeLillo has released in some time. What's remarkable is how the stories work together as a whole, so that even the weakest piece "The Runner" introduces key themes that echo throughout. Pick hits: The brilliant title story (nuns vs. the Bronx, miracles vs. an OJ ad), "Human Moments in World War III" (sci-fi haunted by ancient radio transmissions), "The Ivory Acrobat" (shifting emotions during earthquake weather), and "Hammer and Sickle" (hysterical human puppet show ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo is a collection of stories written between the late 1970s and 2011. Each story seems to be based on a strong central idea–a story idea–that decays into DeLillo’s vision of the world and his way of expressing it. When he writes novels, there are enough events to give this DeLillo vision a kind of rhythm that rescues it from its monotony and repetitiveness. Here, the singularity of the story-idea gradually erodes even as it crests. I know that’s contradictory, bu ...more
Ian Casey
Prayer is a practical strategy, the gaining of temporal advantage in the capital markets of Sin and Remission.

Don DeLillo is known as a novelist and occasional playwright, but his meagre assortment of nine short stories (from 1979 to 2011) collected in The Angel Esmeralda is my chosen starting point. Despite the chronological spread, DeLillo's voice is distinct and recognisable between tales.

Stylistically there are not infrequent moments of prose which are beautiful but verging on overwrought ps
Tropical island. Space station. Earthquaked Athens. Modern museum. Snowbound college town. Min-sec prison. Arthouse cinema. And seedy New York underbelly.

These are the nine (appropriate) settings for the nine stories in this collection by DeLillo, his only one, the stories written over a span of three decades from the late 1970s to the early 2010s, but each of them exploring the same core issue: the implacable loneliness of modern man, his (and occasionally her) irrevocable isolation from the r
Feb 15, 2015 Tasos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η μοναδική συλλογή διηγημάτων του DeLillo είναι αντιπροσωπευτική των θεμάτων που χαρακτηρίζουν το έργο του και κυρίως της προσπάθειας του (μετα)μοντέρνου ανθρώπου να βρει δομή και αφηγηματικότητα σε μια κατακερματισμένη και χαοτική καθημερινότητα. Καλύτερο απ' όλα το Angel Esmeralda που έδωσε και το όνομα στη συλλογή, με θέμα μια ηλικιωμένη μοναχή που ψάχνει να βρει τα απομεινάρια της πίστης της στο Μπρονξ,
αν και αγαπημένο μου είναι το Μπάαντερ-Μάινχοφ, με θέμα μια σύντομη συνάντηση στη σκιά μια
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Don DeLillo is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He currently lives outside of New York City.

Among the most influential American writers of the past decades, DeLillo has received, among author awards, a National Book Award (White Noise, 1985), a PEN/Faulkner Award (Mao II, 1991), and an American
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