By Don DeLillo
Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9780743244244, 209pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2003
Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager at age twenty-eight, emerges from his penthouse triplex and settles into his lavishly customized white stretch limousine. On this day he is a man with two missions: to pursue a cataclysmic bet against the yen and to get a haircut across town.
His journey to the barbershop is a contemporary odyssey, funny and fast-moving. Stalled in traffic by a presidential motorcade, a music idol's funeral and a violent political demonstration, Eric receives a string of visitors -- his experts on security, technology, currency, finance and theory. Sometimes he leaves the car for sexual encounters and sometimes he doesn't have to.
"Cosmopolis," Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel, is both intimate and global, a vivid and moving account of a spectacular downfall.