Running Dog

Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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DeLillo's Running Dog, originally published in 1978, follows Moll Robbins, a New York City journalist trailing the activities of an influential senator. In the process, she is dragged into the black market world of erotica and shady, infatuated men, where a cat-and-mouse chase for an erotic film rumored to “star” Adolph Hitler leads to trickery, maneuvering, and bloodshed. With streamlined prose and a thriller's narrative pace, Running Dog is a bright star in the modern master's early career.

©1978, 2012 Don DeLillo (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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"Imperialist lackeys and running dogs."

"The camera's everywhere."
"It's true." (pg 159)
"Landscape is truth." (pg 229)
"It's a fact. A truth. It's history." (pg 236)

This is one of DeLillo's earlier novels. Early, I guess. It came after:

1. Americana - 1971
2. End Zone - 1972
3. Great Jones Street - 1973
4. Ratner's Star - 1976
5. Players - 1977
6. Running Dog - 1978

So, it was his 6th novel. 40 years old. I liked it. Basically, a bunch of people (reporters, senators, the mob, and secret government organizations) are all searching for an erotic film made in the Führerbunker in April of 1945. Is it a black and white pre-suicidal orgy? Is he in it? These groups are all connected in a paranoid and weary way to each other. Each is searching for something, but also a bit indifferent. It's a philosophical, moody novel. It is weird in a way only DeLillo can be. Playing tennis on a volleyball court. Dogs. Sex and pornography discussed obliquely. Fingers tapping on walls. Lots of discussion of motion pictures, art, technology. Always, the push West, into the desert. Dying.

There is also a pressence of Vietnam that hangs on this novel. It WAS written in 1978. The echos of Vietnam are still vibrating through America. Things are being sorted. Ideas are coalesing into themes. Things collected, recorded, taped. Flash. Things given names, polished. Polished ambiguities. And always money, power, corruption.

When the reviewer stops reviewing, what does it mean? Cut.
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