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Cover to the first edition
Author Don DeLillo
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date 1971
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 388 pp (HB 1st edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-395-12094-2
OCLC Number 137561
Dewey Decimal 813/.5/4
LC Classification PZ4.D346 Am PS3554.E4425
Followed by End Zone

Americana is Don DeLillo's first novel, published in 1971. In 1989, DeLillo revised the text, excising several pages from the original.

Plot summary

The book is narrated by David Bell, a former television executive turned avant-garde filmmaker. Beginning with an exploration of the malaise of the modern corporate man, the novel turns into an interrogation of film's power to misrepresent reality as Bell creates an autobiographical road-movie. The story addresses roots of American pathology and introduces themes DeLillo expanded upon in The Names, White Noise, and Libra. The first half of the novel can be viewed as a critique of the corporate world while the second half articulates the fears and dilemmas of contemporary American life.


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