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Our lives, our half-century.
Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence.
Don DeLillo's mesmerizing 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 deep 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. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinary times -- Don DeLillo's greatest and most powerful work of fiction.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781416548645
ISBN-10: 1416548645
Pagini: 827
Dimensiuni: 162 x 242 x 52 mm
Greutate: 1.28 kg
Editura: Scribner
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Recenzii

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

Michael OndaatjeThe book is an aria and a wolf-whistle of our half century. It contains multitudes.

Malcolm JonesNewsweek
There's pleasure on evey page of this pitch-perfect evocation of a half-century.

Joan MellenThe Baltimore Sun
"Underworld" is a page-turner and a masterwork, a sublime novel and a delight to read.

Greg BurkmanThe Seattle Times
Masterpieces teach you how to read them, and "Underworld" is no exception....Anastonishing piece of prose and a benchmark of twentieth-century fiction, "Underworld" is stunnigly beautiful in its generous humanity, locating the true power of history not in tyranny, collective political movements of history books, but inside each of us.

"A decade after 9/11, it's worth rereading Don DeLillo's 1997 masterpiece, "Underworld," to appreciate how uncannily the author not only captured the surreal weirdness of life in the second half of the 20th century but also anticipated America's lurch into the terror and exigencies of the new millennium...The prologue is such a bravura display of Mr. DeLillo's literary powers, odds are the reader will be propelled through the rest of this dazzling and prescient novel."--Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times"""
Michael Ondaatje Author of "The English Patient" You pick up and travel with DeLillo anywhere -- the bliss of a baseball game, the meeting of old lovers in a desert. He offers us another history of ourselves, the official underground moments. He smells the music in argument and brag. He throws the unbitten coin of fame back at us. The book is an aria and a wolf-whistle of our half century. It contains multitudes.
"Underworld" is a "dazzling and prescient novel...A decade after 9/11, it's worth rereading Don DeLillo's 1997 masterpiece to appreciate how uncannily the author not only captured the surreal weirdness of life in the second half of the 20th century but also anticipated America's lurch into the terror and exigencies of the new millennium...A breathtaking set piece...the prologue is a bravura display of Mr. DeLillo's literary powers."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"

Notă biografică

Don DeLillo is the acclaimed author of many bestselling novels, including Underworld, White Noise and Libra, and several plays. He has won the National Book Award, the Jerusalem Prize and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize.

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