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Staff Pick

DeLillo's eleventh novel is a masterwork of language, character, vision, and story. Rarely does a book of this proportion succeed completely on every level, but from the cinematic opening in Ebbets Field on the afternoon of Bobby Thomson's legendary "Shot Heard Round the World" — the same day the Russians first tested the Bomb — to summer rooftop parties among the art world's elite and air conditioned office towers in Phoenix where executives attempt to capture the burgeoning international market in waste disposal, DeLillo has captured the dissonant pitch of our half-century with incredible clarity. Already established as one of the most powerful voices in American fiction – DeLillo won the 1985 National Book Award for White Noise and the 1992 PEN/Faulkner Award for Mao IIUnderworld likely qualifies as his greatest achievement. It's arguably the best fictional history of the Cold War years.
Recommended by Dave, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Don DeLillo's novel opens with a legendary baseball game played in New York in 1951. The glorious outcome — the home run that wins the game is called the "Shot Heard Round the World" — shades into the grim news that the Soviet Union has just tested an atomic bomb. The baseball itself, fought over and scuffed, generates the narrative that follows. It takes the reader deeply into the lives of Nick and Klara and into modern memory and the soul of American culture — from Bronx tenements to grand ballrooms to a B-52 bombing raid over Vietnam. A generation's master spirits come and go. Lenny Bruce cracking desperate jokes, Mick Jagger with his devil strut, J. Edgar Hoover in a sexy leather mask. And flashing in the margins of ordinary life are the curiously connected materials of the culture. Condoms, bombs, Chevy Bel Airs, and miracle sites on the Web. Underworld is a story of men and women together and apart, seen in deep clear detail and in stadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of the Cold War.

Review:

"Utterly extraordinary....In its epic ambition and accomplishment, Underworld calls out for comparison with works...that have defined the consciousness of their age." Melvin Jules Bukiet, Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Read and rejoice....Formidable characters, themes, language....Underworld delivers on every count." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

Review:

"DeLillo always writes large, but here he has reached new dimensions....[A] stylistically magnificent, many-voiced, and soulful novel....Like novelists E. L. Doctorow and Thomas Pynchon, DeLillo uses historical figures to great effect, but DeLillo is a far more emotive and spiritual writer, and Underworld is a ravishingly beautiful symphony of a novel." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Review:

"There are some marvelously drawn characters...and thought-provoking ideas....But somehow the various parts of the story seem more satisfying than the whole. DeLillo is one of our most gifted contemporary authors...yet one suspects that his truly 'great' novel is yet to come." Library Journal

Review:

"DeLillo's most affecting novel yet...a dazzling, phosphorescent work of art." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"Astonishing....DeLillo has raised literary standards to new highs here, and yet the book is a page-turner, a scene-stealer, a triumph of language that takes us everywhere we've never been." Gay Talese

Review:

"DeLillo offers us another history of ourselves, the unofficial underground moments....This book is an aria and a wolf whistle of our half-century." Michael Ondaatje

Review:

"Underworld is a magnificent book by an American master." Salman Rushdie

Review:

"Working at the top of his form, DeLillo draws on his previous novels in shaping his most ambitious work yet...a brainy, streetwise, and lyrical underground history of our times, full of menace and miracles, and humming with the bop and crackle of postmodern life....He kicks the rock of reality, teases out the connectedness of things, and leaves us in awe." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In Underworld, Don DeLillo has written a gloriously fused history of the past 50 years that offers a key to understanding American culture — our preoccupations and obsessions, our fears, our loves, our lives — as well as a chance to reexperience it. Moving through this country's most diverse landscapes, DeLillo gradually reveals his two central protagonists, Nick Shay, now a "waste analyst," and Klara Sax, a renowned artist, who had a brief affair in the Bronx in 1952 when she was thirty-two and he, seventeen.

Synopsis:

Opens at the Shea Stadium at the World Series Game of 1951, where the ball is caught by a young, black man in the crowd, and continues to change hands throughout the book. The various recipients of the ball tell the story of post-war US history giving a panorama of America from the 50s to the 90s.

Synopsis:

A panoramic literary novel which takes the reader right to the heart of American society and culture, telling the story of the USA's post-War history through the eyes of its men and women, and taking us from the tenements of the Bronx to the killing fields of Vietnam and the winning home run of the 1951 baseball World Series. ""Underworld" renders DeLillo a great novelist" Martin Amis. "... a rousingly impressive achievement in almost every novelistic department" William Boyd.

About the Author

Don DeLillo is the author of eleven novels, including White Noise, Libra, and Mao II, and has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Product Details

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9780330369954
Author:
DeLillo, Don
Publisher:
Libri
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"Staff Pick" by ,

DeLillo's eleventh novel is a masterwork of language, character, vision, and story. Rarely does a book of this proportion succeed completely on every level, but from the cinematic opening in Ebbets Field on the afternoon of Bobby Thomson's legendary "Shot Heard Round the World" — the same day the Russians first tested the Bomb — to summer rooftop parties among the art world's elite and air conditioned office towers in Phoenix where executives attempt to capture the burgeoning international market in waste disposal, DeLillo has captured the dissonant pitch of our half-century with incredible clarity. Already established as one of the most powerful voices in American fiction – DeLillo won the 1985 National Book Award for White Noise and the 1992 PEN/Faulkner Award for Mao IIUnderworld likely qualifies as his greatest achievement. It's arguably the best fictional history of the Cold War years.

"Review" by , "Utterly extraordinary....In its epic ambition and accomplishment, Underworld calls out for comparison with works...that have defined the consciousness of their age."
"Review" by , "Read and rejoice....Formidable characters, themes, language....Underworld delivers on every count."
"Review" by , "DeLillo always writes large, but here he has reached new dimensions....[A] stylistically magnificent, many-voiced, and soulful novel....Like novelists E. L. Doctorow and Thomas Pynchon, DeLillo uses historical figures to great effect, but DeLillo is a far more emotive and spiritual writer, and Underworld is a ravishingly beautiful symphony of a novel."
"Review" by , "There are some marvelously drawn characters...and thought-provoking ideas....But somehow the various parts of the story seem more satisfying than the whole. DeLillo is one of our most gifted contemporary authors...yet one suspects that his truly 'great' novel is yet to come."
"Review" by , "DeLillo's most affecting novel yet...a dazzling, phosphorescent work of art."
"Review" by , "Astonishing....DeLillo has raised literary standards to new highs here, and yet the book is a page-turner, a scene-stealer, a triumph of language that takes us everywhere we've never been."
"Review" by , "DeLillo offers us another history of ourselves, the unofficial underground moments....This book is an aria and a wolf whistle of our half-century."
"Review" by , "Underworld is a magnificent book by an American master."
"Review" by , "Working at the top of his form, DeLillo draws on his previous novels in shaping his most ambitious work yet...a brainy, streetwise, and lyrical underground history of our times, full of menace and miracles, and humming with the bop and crackle of postmodern life....He kicks the rock of reality, teases out the connectedness of things, and leaves us in awe."
"Synopsis" by , In Underworld, Don DeLillo has written a gloriously fused history of the past 50 years that offers a key to understanding American culture — our preoccupations and obsessions, our fears, our loves, our lives — as well as a chance to reexperience it. Moving through this country's most diverse landscapes, DeLillo gradually reveals his two central protagonists, Nick Shay, now a "waste analyst," and Klara Sax, a renowned artist, who had a brief affair in the Bronx in 1952 when she was thirty-two and he, seventeen.
"Synopsis" by , Opens at the Shea Stadium at the World Series Game of 1951, where the ball is caught by a young, black man in the crowd, and continues to change hands throughout the book. The various recipients of the ball tell the story of post-war US history giving a panorama of America from the 50s to the 90s.
"Synopsis" by , A panoramic literary novel which takes the reader right to the heart of American society and culture, telling the story of the USA's post-War history through the eyes of its men and women, and taking us from the tenements of the Bronx to the killing fields of Vietnam and the winning home run of the 1951 baseball World Series. ""Underworld" renders DeLillo a great novelist" Martin Amis. "... a rousingly impressive achievement in almost every novelistic department" William Boyd.
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