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DeLillo's Running Dog, originally published in 1978, follows Moll Robbins, a New York city journalist trailing the activities of an influential senator. In the process she is dragged into the black market world of erotica and shady, infatuated men, where a cat-and-mouse chase for an erotic film rumored to "star" Adolph Hitler leads to trickery, maneuvering, and bloodshed. With streamlined prose and a thriller's narrative pace, Running Dog is a bright star in the modern master's ...
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Overview

DeLillo's Running Dog, originally published in 1978, follows Moll Robbins, a New York city journalist trailing the activities of an influential senator. In the process she is dragged into the black market world of erotica and shady, infatuated men, where a cat-and-mouse chase for an erotic film rumored to "star" Adolph Hitler leads to trickery, maneuvering, and bloodshed. With streamlined prose and a thriller's narrative pace, Running Dog is a bright star in the modern master's early career.
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Editorial Reviews

Curt Supple
Superbly energetic...slighty surreal, but grimly serious...Don DeLillo, who has proved himself a master of the menace in everyday situations with such frightening novels as Great Jones Street and Players, has done it again. -- Washington Post Book World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679722946
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1989
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 729,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Don DeLillo
Don DeLillo
Flooring readers with his complex, intelligent evocations of modern-day America and the philosophical challenges of living in it, Don DeLillo swiftly established himself as an important writer. His wide-ranging, somewhat strange novels go less for the emotions than for the reader's very interpretations of reality.

Biography

Growing up in his working class Bronx neighborhood in the 1940s and '50s, Don De Lillo was far more interested in sports than in books. A listless student, he did not develop an interest in reading until he was 18 and working a summer job as a parking attendant. Desperate to fill in the long, boring hours of downtime, he discovered the literature of Faulkner, Joyce, and Hemingway. He attended Fordham University and worked in advertising for several years before seriously pursuing a writing career.

When De Lillo's first novel, Americana, was published in 1971, it received modest reviews. Seven books followed over the next 14 years, steadily generating more critical praise but few sales. Then, in 1985, he hit pay dirt with White Noise, a brooding postmodern masterpiece about a Midwestern college professor and his family in the aftermath of an airborne toxic accident. It proved to be De Lillo's breakthrough, earning him both a National Book Award and an avid cult following.

Since then, De Lillo has gone on to produce a string of superb "literary" novels that fairly brim with big ideas yet also capture the essence of contemporary culture in all its infuriating banality. Cited by younger writers like Jonathan Franzen and David Foster Wallace as a major influence, De Lillo remains a reserved and private, albeit gracious and genteel man who seems a bit uncomfortable with fame.

Among the many honors De Lillo has received are the Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize for Libra (1989); the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for Mao II (1991); and the Jerusalem Prize, William Dean Howells Medal, and the Riccardo Bacchelli International Award for his magnum opus Underworld (1997). In addition, three of his novels received high marks on a 2006 survey sponsored by The New York Times to name the single best work of American fiction of the last 25 years.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cleo Birdwell
    2. Hometown:
      Westchester County, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 20, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York City
    1. Education:
      Fordham University, 1958

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

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    Running Dog by Don DeLillo This is a weird book about several p

    Running Dog by Don DeLillo

    This is a weird book about several people.

    First, there is Lightborn. He's a gallery owner who deals in erotica artifacts. He's been approached by a Christopher Ludecke, who supposedly has a copy of Adolf Hitler performing pornographic acts on his bunker as the Russians are advancing, just before he killed himself.

    Sadly, Mr. Ludecke is killed by one of the parties interested in obtaining the film, so Mr. Ludecke has to arbitrate between the parties.

    The parties include a Mr. Lloyd Percival, a US senator who has a big collection of erotica, Richie Armbriski, a drug lord based in Dallas, TX, and Earl Mudger, who ran Radial Matrix, a government spy operation.

    To compound things even more, Radial Matrix is being accursed by a a schism - Arthur Lomax is still with the government, but Earl Mudger has left the agency.

    Caught between them is Howard Glen Selvy - a retired agent who is running - he's the running dog - from everyone and everything.

    Recording all of this, is Moll Robbins, a reporter for the magazine Running Dog, who is trying to write a story about the Senator and sleeps with everyone to be able to get it....

    The book is written from the third person point if view of each of the main characters. There is a clear pause when the point if view changes. I thought it was well written, but i could never get into the story, perhaps because of the subject matter. It reads easily in a few days.

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    Posted March 14, 2013

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