Reviews — From the October 2012 issue

Death’s Triumph

The medieval tales of Cronenberg and DeLillo

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Discussed in this essay: Cosmopolis, directed by David Cronenberg. Alfama Films/Prospero Pictures. 108 minutes. cosmopolisthefilm.com. Cosmopolis, by Don DeLillo. Scribner. 224 pages. $15 (paper). scribnerbooks.com. Comfortable people tend to dislike irony, especially in strong doses. When Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis was issued in early 2003, it was, with a few exceptions, generally disliked by the literary press. John Updike gave it a peevish review in The New Yorker; Michiko Kakutani, chief book critic for the New York Times, called it a “long day’s journey into tedium.” Both compared it unfavorably with White Noise, DeLillo’s most suburban and accessible novel. White Noise …

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