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The Body Artist

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,581 Ratings  ·  624 Reviews
“DeLillo’s most affecting novel yet...A dazzling, phosphorescent work of art.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.” —Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

“A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone…intimate, spare, exquisite.” —Adam Begley, The New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant new novel....Don DeLillo co
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Published (first published 2001)
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s.penkevich
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Language lovers and still-life seekers
'Maybe the idea is to think of time differently. Stop time, or stretch it out, or open it up. Make a still life that's living, not painted.

In every instant of our waking lives we are experiencing the world around us through all our five senses. In order to process and share these experiences, we cage our perceptions up in words—abstract signifiers with an assumed weight of meaning. However, language is frail. fallible and full of holes, delivering us a beast behind bars, a caged animal at the
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Paul Bryant
Aug 23, 2011 marked it as assorted-rants-about-stuff  ·  review of another edition
THERE'S 1000 STORIES IN THE CITY OF GOODREADS - THIS IS ONE OF THEM - Yes, Another Dreadful Reviewer/Author Encounter


I surfaced into consciousness unwillingly like a resurrecting Jesus with too much alimony to pay. A slap to the chin and I remembered whose cleancut chiselled features were going to be framing the next supercilious question.

"Feeling better, Mr Bryant?" Yes, of course. It was The Don. But I wasn't going to go quietly.

"Not really, you post-modern gargoyle of unmeaning. You can tak
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Bennet
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-stories
Couldn't sleep last night and re-read this, which had the effect of a rhythmic massage, primarily to a stiff neck and knotted shoulders that notably relaxed as I read. Something about the plainly poetic prose, with its quietly rhythmic language and the familiar, even mundane, details, rendered somehow incandescent in the telling, as if by a gentle voice reading barely aloud by dim lantern light.

This is a dream of a book, little more than a hundred pages, likely to disappoint if you're unwilling
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Violet wells
The Body Artist is ostensibly a ghost story. It’s a novel about our relationship with the ghost world behind time and language. The prose itself seems to alter the maths of time with its pauses, rewindings, ellipses and fast forwardings. He slows down the minutiae of kitchen and bathroom ritual and resonates all the mystery there. The body is often his canvas and he shows us through its needs, rituals and reactions just how mysterious everyday life is. Few living writers can write sentences as b ...more
Edward Lorn
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover
If you plan to read this after reading my review, you should know a few things. This is a long short story. The hardcover was $22.00. On Amazon, the paperback is $11.93. And the Kindle version is $7.99. For round about 60 pages. I say round about because the typesetting in the hardcover has to be close to 16 point, and the text is damn near double spaced. Took me an hour to read the hardcover version, which is 124 pages. One hour. I did not, however, pay $22 for the hardcover. I found it at a ch ...more
Sarah
Sep 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Don DiLillo book that I’ve read. I read White Noise in college, right along with everyone else, and thought it was a truly a modern classic, just like everybody else. Then, in graduate school, I also read Libra in a 500-level literature class called “Post Post Modern Fiction.” I thought it was terrible, although my reaction might have been warped the two utterly heartbreaking three-hour sessions my MA Literature classmates spent tearing the book apart, one-upping each other’s v ...more
Roula
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
τελειωσα και με το 2ο βιβλιο του Delillo.μπορω να πω οτι μου αρεσε πολυ περισσοτερο απο το point omega.
Η ιστορια ξεκινα με μια τρομερα περιγραφικη σκηνη ενος πρωινου που παιρνει ενα ζευγαρι ενος 60+ κυριου και μιας 35χρονης body artist.σε αυτη τη σκηνη συμμετεχουν με εναν μαγικο τροπο ολες οι αισθησεις του αναγνωστη.πώς? αρκει να πουμε οτι η σκηνη αυτη εκτυλισσεται σε κοντα 25 σελιδες(!)συνεχιζοντας, ο αντρας φευγει και αυτοκτονει.εδω λοιπον ξεκινα το ολο θεμα του βιβλιου.το πως αυτη η γυναικα μ
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Oscar
Es admirable la capacidad que tiene DeLillo para hacer vibrar el interior del lector. Con su prosa precisa, como si de un bisturí se tratase, nos muestra de manera clara algunas de las cosas de la vida diaria, de las que sabemos su existencia pero no sabemos explicar con palabras, y que él nos describe de forma deslumbrante. Sólo conozco a otro escritor capaz de hacer los mismo, y es David Foster Wallace.

No es que haya leído muchos libros de DeLillo, de hecho estoy empezando a conocerlo, y no ac
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Shovelmonkey1
Jun 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
I picked this book from the 1001 books list based on the title - "The Body Artist". I will also shamefacedly admit that it was part of my cherry picking short books off the 1001 list in a bid to cheat my way to a higher number of "read" books. Don't do this people, it can backfire. It is also a good reminder that we should read for pleasure and not to fulfil a list, or make up numbers or as a sort of enforced chore. Which was what this book became.

It appealed to me, mainly because I spend a lot
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Teresa
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, l-1001bymrbyd, e2
Que queria Don DeLillo contar com este livro?
Por mais que eu esprema os miolos não me sai absolutamente nada...

Imaginem que recebem de presente algo embrulhado em colorido papel de seda e com uns laçarotes preciosos. Entusiasmados, abrem-no e deparam-se com várias pecinhas de Lego:
- um homem, uma mulher e uma catrefada de apetrechos e ingredientes de pequeno almoço;
- uma mulher a fazer contorcionismo;
- uma pistola e um morto;
- uma casa e um carro;
- um bonequito que parece um rapaz e que acaba de
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  LunaBel
Who Is He? *spoilers*
 
After the death of her husband, Lauren finds an uninvited guest in the rented house from which she has to leave in few weeks. Lauren came back to that house to sense the presence of a husband who committed suicide one day when he routinely left the house on “business.”
Lauren debates whether to call the police, hospitals, whatever, or just watch the young man for some time. He is weird, and she wants to understand who/what he is. He does not talk much. He does not even know
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The body artist: a novel, Don DeLillo (1936)
عنوان: بادی آرتیست؛ اثر: دان دلیلو؛ مترجم: منصوره وفایی؛ مشخصات نشر: «نشر نی، 1386، در 108 ص، شابک: 9643128857»؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 م
انگار به نمایش در «انتظار گودو»ی ساموئل بکت بی شباهت نیست. منتقدی خواندن فصل آغازین همین کتاب را به جستجوی چیزی در تاریک روشنای صبحگاهی اتاق، آن هم پیش از نوشیدن یک فنجان قهوه، تشبیه میکند. ساختار «بادی آرتیست» بی شباهت به هایکو نیست. فصول این رمان مثل جمله های کوتاه دوپهلویی ست که با هم چفت نمیشون
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of tragic love stories
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Must Read Books; Tata J
Shelves: ex-1001
This novelette is like a breath of fresh air in the last row of books that I've read. It is definitely one of its kind and Don DeLillo is one heck of an author whose other works I will be reading within this year. I already have a copy of his Underworld, Mao II and Falling Man.

In this novel, he definitely showed Nabokov's mastery of prose that almost feels like poetry and the skillful storytelling that is comparable to Ian McEwan's in his masterpiece Enduring Love. The remarkable difference, how
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Mon
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: po-mo
I hesitated as I was rating since I technically didn't finish the book. Most of the time the fact that I didn't complete a book is enough for me to give it 2 stars or less, but this is also significant because it's under 130 pages and I was actually in a patient enough mood for postmodernism.

If you ask me what The Body Artist is about, I cam tell you about 4 things.
1) The main couple lives in a house
2) They eat human food, I think it was cereal, or maybe toast
3) They walk around the house a
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Bandit
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good noncommittal way to try a new author is by reading their shorter works. Thing with that is it isn't always possible to know it it's an adequate representation of the author's talents. In this case Body Artist is a novella really, though the edition refers to it as a novel. But, based on this, would I commit to a larger work by an author like the much acclaimed White Noise or the behemoth Underworld...probably not. Body Artist does show a certain flair for language and has some lovely turn ...more
Armin Hennig
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-70sff
Eine kurze Geschichte über die Zeiterfahrung

Für mich war Körperzeit bislang die Leseerfahrung des Jahres. Anscheinend wollte der auf dickere Bücher spezialisierte Autor mit dem Kurzroman ein Experiment eingehen, das ist ihm gelungen. Leichter zu lesen als die dickeren Schmöker ist das Buch allerdings nicht unbedingt, wer etwas ähnlich Dichtes wie das Baseballspiel zu Beginn von Underworld erwartet, wird enttäuscht werden, aber obwohl Körperzeit nur 144 Seiten dünn ist, fordert es mehr Ausdauer v
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Alessio
Body art è un piccolo romanzo dove tutto «accade intorno al verbo sembrare»: la presenza fisica del mondo, delle persone, tutto sembra «fluire con un movimento dissociato, dando l’impressione di, o presentando l’apparenza di». Lo stesso dolore della protagonista, la body artist Laurene Hartke, assume le sembianze di un uomo deforme dal linguaggio inintelligibile («Essere qui mi è capitato. Sono con il momento, lascerò il momento»).

Lo sguardo di Don DeLillo - ormai non più interessato ai monument
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Misha
Apr 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The opening is a lengthy and gorgeous description of a couple having breakfast. Then the story turns into a deeply weird meditation on grief, time and self. The prose is gorgeous.
Mec
Sep 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Il mio primo approccio con DeLillo è totalmente fallimentare. L'unico pregio del libro è la sua brevità che, comunque, non ne allevia la pesantezza. È un continuo parlarsi addosso, con dettagli e descrizioni estenuanti.
La mia impressione è che DeLillo, per sua fortuna, non conosca l'argomento che ha trattato se non per sentito dire. Dubito fortemente che si sia mai trovato a fare i conti con il suicidio.
Certamente ognuno reagisce ai lutti e al dolore in modo piuttosto personale, ma il suicidio h
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Christian, Kelanth, Scala
“Il tempo sembra passare. Il mondo accade, gli attimi si svolgono, e tu ti fermi a guardare un ragno attaccato alla ragnatela. C'è una luce nitida, un senso di cose delineate con precisione, strisce di lucentezza liquida sulla baia. In una giornata chiara e luminosa dopo un temporale, quando la più piccola delle foglie cadute è trafitta di consapevolezza, tu sai con maggiore sicurezza chi sei. Nel rumore del vento tra i pini, il mondo viene alla luce, in modo irreversibile, e il ragno resta atta ...more
Erica
Jul 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read anything by Don DeLillo before so perhaps this was a bad book for a first experience.

After I finished this book, I had this very powerful sensation: You know how when you go to see some obscure foreign film with your friends or you see an art exhibit that everyone else feels is so profound and deep while you are just sitting there wondering if your friends are insane because you don't see anything at all? That is the same feeling I had when I finished this book.

I found this to be
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Steven  Godin
A minimalistic, intimate and slightly odd look at the grieving process of Lauren, who after her husband takes his own life returns to their home on the coast of New England to be alone only to discover a strange man hiding out in one of rooms, but just who is he and how long has he been there?.This reads as a modern ghost story and a meditation of time with a profound sense of isolation from the rest of the living. There is this eerie feeling hanging over everything which keeps what little story ...more
Nate D
Mar 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
The first chapter of The Body Artist is a near perfect bit of prose-poetry, two people microscopically dissected through a few minutes of mundane action. Everything proceeds in a sort of hyperreal slow motion, but it flows easily, naturally, even so. From there, the book switches gears into a study of self-isolation that rivals some of the loneliest passages of H. Murakami (who, in turn, has written some of the loneliest novels I know), but even at its brisk novella length, the book never grabbe ...more
Pio
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
(Lần 1: 17-18/04/14 - Unrated): Sẽ đọc lại nhiều lần.

(Lần 2: 10-12/08/16 - 3 sao): cảm giác đầu tiên khi đọc lại quyển này sau 2 năm là một sự khải huyền: tôi đã bước đầu tiếp cận được với những nhân vật trong một câu chuyện quyến rũ khó cưỡng. Tôi nghĩ dịch giả đã đúng khi nói rằng đây là một cuốn sách cần đọc đi đọc lại nhiều lần, vì mỗi khi lật những trang sách này, tôi lại thấy một tia sáng mới rọi vào mình.
Anas Almansuri
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poetically written in a way that you taste honey as you read it.
sologdin
Everything that its immediate predecessor Underworld is not, and accordingly demonstrative in conjunction therewith of author’s not inconsiderable range. Opens with a conceptual quotation of To the Lighthouse regarding the (view spoiler); Woolf’s scene is my all-time favorite in world literature. The handling here is structurally identical—but whereas Woolf does not examine the effects, preferring a quick, dreadful textual locus, this novel focuses clearly on th ...more
Matthew
"The body artist" is Lauren Hartke. Third wife of a failed filmmaker. The Body Artist opens with a brief interaction between Lauren and her husband, followed, in quick succession, by the suicide of the husband/failed filmmaker and the arrival of a stranger who barely communicates.

Like Kaspar Hauser, the stranger enters the narrative without explanation. Unlike Kaspar Hauser, he doesn't carry a note. Nothing in the form of an explanation. Lauren is startled by his arrival, and considers alerting
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Rey and Laura, husband and wife. They rented a big, rambling, isolated house near the sea. Laura is Rey's 3rd wife.

One day, Rey went to his first wife's house. Alone, he sat on a chair there and blew his brains out with a gun.

Laura, by herself now, chooses to still live in the rented house by the sea and wait till the lease expires. One day, she discovered a retarded man in one of the rooms of that big house. He can't communicate but somehow apparently had observed Laura and Rey secretly before
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Nick Wellings

The Body Artist

Ghost meets Truly Madly Deeply in book form.

This was a damp squib for me, a misfire. Basically a treatise of the uncanny, born from a fictionalised encounter with an-other.

Spoilers: (plotlines...)

One day you're at home with your husband looking out the window at the birds, making toast and chatting. Everything's cool.

Next thing you know, breakfast been and done, he's driven from your holidayplace in New England to Manhattan where he used to live, and shot himself.

Cue DeLilloean s
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Bam
This short novella is my first taste of Don DeLillo's writing and I have to say I am hooked and will be back for more.
The first chapter is incredible, the words so spare and nearly lyrical that I found myself instinctively reading it aloud to myself as if it were a poem.
It is the recounting of a simple morning, a breakfast shared between husband and wife--getting juice, toasting bread, rinsing blueberries to top cereal, pouring coffee and tea, listening to the radio, reading the newspaper, wat
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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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