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Published May 1, 1991

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Libra is a 1988 novel by Don DeLillo that describes the life of Lee Harvey Oswald and his participation in a fictional CIA conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The novel blends historical fact with fictional supposition. Libra received critical acclaim and earned DeLillo the first International Fiction Prize sponsored by The Irish Times as well as a nomination for the 1988 National Book Award for Fiction. James Ellroy has mentioned Libra as an inspiration for his novel American Tabloid, another take on the causes of the assassination.

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