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A professor's progressive disintegration captures the restless essence of modern life, replete with sibling terrorism, academic one-upmanship, and the reassuring tedium of popular culture.

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Chairman of the department of Hitler studies at a Midwestern college, Jack Gladney is accidently exposed to a cloud of noxious chemicals, part of a world of the future that is doomed because of misused technology, artifical products and foods, and overpopulation. PW appreciated DeLillo's ``bleak, ironic'' vision, calling it ``not so much a tragic view of history as a macabre one.'' January (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved