Underworld - Picador Collection (Paperback)
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Underworld - Picador Collection (Paperback)

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Published: 24/11/2022
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Underworld opens – famously – at the Dodgers-Giants 1951 National League final, where Bobby Thomson hits The Shot Heard Round the World and wins the pennant race for the Giants. But on the other side of the planet, another highly significant shot was fired: the USSR's first atomic detonation. And so begins a masterpiece of gloriously symphonic storytelling.

Don DeLillo loosely follows the fate of the winning baseball as the book swells and rolls through time. He offers a panoramic vision of America, defined by the overarching conflict of the cold war.

This is an awe-inspiring story, seen in deep, clear detail, of men and women, together and apart, as they search for meaning, survival and connection in the toughest of times.

Part of the Picador Collection, a series showcasing the best of modern literature.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529092097
Number of pages: 832
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 198 x 131 x 61 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A literary colossus, equal to any (and surpassing most) of the vaulting novels which strive for the immensity of the American mythic. - Geoff Dyer, Sunday Telegraph

A rousingly impressive achievement in almost every novelistic department - dialogue, structure, timing, precise description, heartfelt veracity and the rest. - William Boyd, Observer

Every decade or so the real thing comes along - a work of literature so overwhelmingly good that you know it is a masterpiece which will endure . . . huge sections sweep you along in a way that only the greatest books can. - Michael Shelden, Daily Telegraph

His longest, most ambitious, and most complicated novel - and his best . . . Underworld is the black comedy of the Cold War; it is full of sentences that capture, with the choice of the odd word, a moment in American history. - New Yorker

Astonishing . . . an amazing performance . . . Mr DeLillo's most affecting novel yet . . . This bravura master of cerebral pyrotechnics also knows how to seize and rattle our emotions . . . In this remarkable novel, [DeLillo] has taken the effluvia of modern society, all the detritus of our daily and political lives, and turned it into a dazzling, phosphorescent work of art. - New York Times

Don DeLillo's latest epic, Underworld, brilliantly interweaves voices, incidents and telling details into a moving, empowering people's history. If Libra, White Noise and Mao II hadn't already done enough to persuade British readers that DeLillo ranks with the best of contemporary American novelists, Underworld surely will. - Blake Morrison, Independent on Sunday

DeLillo suddenly fills the sky. Underworld renders DeLillo a great novelist . . . [it] surges with magisterial confidence through time (the last half-century) and through space (Harlem, Phoenix, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Texas, the Bronx) . . . It isn't every day, or even every decade, that one sees the ascension of a great writer. - Martin Amis, Esquire

Among other things, the new novel from Don DeLillo is a remarkable feat of engineering . . . he chisels and carves until he has made something that cannot help but lift your heart: a cathedral of prose . . . He has built a towering structure and I recommend you climb to the top. The view is sensational. - Allison Pearson, Evening Standard

With Underworld, DeLillo confirms himself in the select group of great American writers truly equal to the temper of very strange times. - Times Literary Supplement

Underworld is nothing less than the story of the States in the Cold War; an epic to set alongside Moby Dick or Augie March. - Tim Adams, Observer

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“Waterstones' Poor Service”

I was unable to get this book from Waterstones.com because despite their promises, the book was not delivered to the shop before I left on holiday. I trust that my credit card has by now been refunded.

Russell Wallman

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“Bad product”

The book came stained and the cover had folding marks and it looked like it was fake.

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