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Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo
Eric Packer, a young billionaire asset manager, leaves his 48-room penthouse to take his limousine across town to get a haircut. The novel chronicles that April 2000 day as Eric's route across town is interrupted by a presidential motorcade, a rapper's funeral, sexual trysts, an encounter with his new wife, a movie set, a violent political demonstration, and an assassin looking to kill him. Eric has also bet his fortune selling short against the Japanese yen. Eric's day allows Don DeLillo to muse about 21st-century society. It's an approach that has gathered mixed reviews. The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls DeLillo's Cosmopolis, "a brisk, absorbing book that pulses with his trademark themes: alienation and paranoia, art and commerce, reality and representation, sex and death, the global market, terrorism, class and their often absurd and violent interplay."