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A few days after the event of 911 Don DeLillo published his article In the Ruins of the Future Reflections on Terror and Loss in the Shadow of September reflecting on the devastation and loss experienced through the attack on the World Trade towers Born in New York DeLillo experienced 65 years of change and progress in New York such as the construction of the World Trade towers before the event of September At the time of the attack DeLillos nephew and nephews family lived only a few blocks from the event endangering his family along with his home DeLillos article forces readers to reflect on an otherwise unthinkable event illustrating that memory acts as a counter-narrative to terrorism Including titles such as his novel Falling Man DeLillo has gained reputation for addressing themes of terrorism within his works since before 911 such as the vastness of media to desensitize society and disconnect an event from its context and meaning DeLillo addresses a similar idea within In the Ruins of the Future focusing in maintaining the meaning and context of the event through a union or community of those lost and those left behind through revery of those who experienced the event yet lived DeLillo uses his article to force America to address the event directly and to avoid letting it fall into the hallow space of the towers ruins DeLillos main argument is the embrace of a redemptive place of memory through which society can move forward from the event with a renewed sense of the past DeLillo attempts to prove this argument through narrative rhythm which alternates between impressionistic close ups along with distanced intellectual analysis of the event The confused narrative perspective draws attention to the impossibility of identifying 911 with a clear view or voice of the event The narrative rhythm demonstrates that 911 is impossible to apprehend and yet it transforms those subject to it DeLillo produces the disembodied transformation
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