Bill Gray, a famous, reclusive novelist, emerges from his isolation when he becomes the key figure in an event staged to force the release of a poet hostage in Beirut. Mao II explores a world in which the novelist's power to influence the inner life of a culture now belongs to bomb-makers and gunmen.
Don DeLillo received the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1984. He has won the American Book Award, and the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize for his novel, Libra. He has written 16 novels, including the acclaimed works Underworld and White Noise, as well as plays, short stories and essays.