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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date July 1, 1989
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679722922
ISBN-10 0679722920
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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Summary
Summoned to decode a radio signal received from distant Ratner's Star, fourteen-year-old Nobel Laureate William Terwilliger, Bronx genius, has some run-ins with wild scientists, giddy researchers, and batty schemers
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "A whimsical, surrealistic excursion into the modern scientific mind." --The New Yorker

One of DeLillo's first novels, Ratner's Star follows Billy, the genius adolescent, who is recruited to live in obscurity, underground, as he tries to help a panel of estranged, demented, and yet lovable scientists communicate with beings from outer space. It is a mix of quirky humor, science, mathematical theories, as well as the complex emotional distance and sadness people feel. Ratner's Star demonstrates both the thematic and prosaic muscularity that typifies DeLillo's later and more recent works, like The Names (which is also available in Vintage Contemporaries).  

"His most spectacularly inventive novel." --The New York Times 

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Paperback
Book cover for 9780099928409 Book cover for 9780679722922
 
from Gardners Books (July 16, 1992)
9780099928409 | details & prices | 448 pages | 4.75 × 7.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $13.90
About: Billy Twillig has won the first Nobel Prize ever to be given in mathematics.
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Reissue edition from Vintage Books (July 1, 1989)
9780679722922 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $16.95
About: Summoned to decode a radio signal received from distant Ratner's Star, fourteen-year-old Nobel Laureate William Terwilliger, Bronx genius, has some run-ins with wild scientists, giddy researchers, and batty schemers

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