Don DeLillo on Trump's America 'I'm not sure the country is recoverable' https://t.co/nVe9Nwb7O7
He has spent half a century dissecting America’s dreams and nightmares. Now the great novelist is imagining what his ‘deluged’ country will be like three years from today
Whenever he’s able to separate himself from the distractions of daily life, from family obligations and the rolling thunder of 24-hour news, Don DeLillo taps out a few pages of his latest book. He writes out of habit and because he’s in the grip of an idea that won’t let him rest. He’s constructing a story set around the next corner, in an America he may not live to see. Obliquely, unavoidably, he’s writing about Donald Trump.
Or as he puts it: “I’m working on a piece of fiction set three years in the future. But I’m not trying to imagine the future in the usual terms. I’m trying to imagine what has been torn apart and what can be put back together, and I don’t know the answer. I hope I can arrive at an answer through writing the fiction.”
If DeLillo can’t provide an answer, chances are no one can. The novelist has spent 50 years at the cutting edge of US culture. He’s diagnosed America’s tensions, explained its outbreaks of madness, in darkly comic profundity. Now nearing his 82nd birthday, his career has become more about the past than the future. Sometimes, this past takes the shape of old lines from Underworld or White Noise, read back to him as evidence of his prophetic gifts. At other times, it comes in a more tangible form.