Dostoyevsky famously said all Russian literature emerged from under Gogol’s “Overcoat.” Most of Don DeLillo’s fiction seems delivered from a dingy basement room rented by Dostoyevsky’s Underground Man. In fact, DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, now faithfully adapted to the screen by David Cronenberg, features two undergroundlings of the spirit. One of them is deceptively wealthy and smugly at ease, a seeming master of the universe: Eric Packer, a twenty-eight-year-...
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