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Don DeLillo is the author of seventeen novels including White Noise, Libra, Underworld, Falling Man, and Zero K. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work, and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. HIs story collection The Angel Esmeralda was a finalist for the Story Prize and the PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 2013, DeLillo was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, and in 2015, the National Book Foundation awarded DeLillo its Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.


In DeLillo's newest, to be released on October 3 (a significant date in the novel), luminaries gathered in a box at the New York Polo Grounds to watch the Dodgers and the Giants battle it out for the pennant receive word that the Russians are testing an atomic bomb. DeLillo then flashes forward through a half-century of the Cold War as seen through the eyes of two protagonists briefly united by their passionate affair. BOMC and Quality Paperback Book Club main selections.

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.--Greg Burkman "Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times"
Underworld is a page-turner and a masterwork, a sublime novel and a delight to read.--Joan Mellen "The Baltimore Sun"
Underworld is magnificent book by an American master.--Salman Rushdie "Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times"
"Underworld soars. Bigger andricher than anything Don DeLillo has done before, this multicharacter, time-leaping, sea-to-shining-sea dissection of Cold War American life isperilously good--so good, so strong, deep, knowing and funny, that you might betempted to read it and it alone, fanatically, the rest of your days."--Bradford Morrow "Phil Hanrahan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Underworld surges with magisterial confidence through time and through space."--Michael Ondaatje "Martin Amis, The New York Times Book Review"
"Underworld, DeLillo's richest and most ambitious novel, seeks nothing less than the secret truths of modern America."--Bradford Morrow "Gary Lee Stonum, The Plain Dealer"
"Underworld's intellect, its view, its fabulous drama, its soul, its passion and compassion, and the beauty of the writing, just the size and generosity of it, are all of some spectacular high order. I can't imagine any writer reading it without complete admiration and a kind of gratitude, because if a book like that can be written in a culture like this, it's terrific for all of us."--Michael Herr "Tom LeClair, The Atlantic Monthly"
"Anyone who wants to try to understand an appreciate the last half-century of life in these United States can do no better than read Don DeLillo's magnificent, beautifully written and outrageously persuasive new novel, Underworld, unquestionably his masterpiece. . . . A triumphant performance."--Bradford Morrow "Sam Coale, Providence Journal-Bulletin"
"Courageous, ingenious and demanding, Underworld is a book to be talked about . . . for years to come."--Michael Ondaatje "Tom LeClair, The Atlantic Monthly"
"For those who love eloquent prose and powerful ideas, Underworld is an eight-course meal. . .. An eye-opener, a consciousness-raising treatise on modern America by a writerin love with the power of words and the country he calls his own."--Bradford Morrow "Dorman T. Shindler, The Denver Post"
"His best novel and perhaps that most elusive of creatures, a great American novel . . . . a masterpiece in which the depth and reach of the commonplace are invested with universal scope and grandeur. Underworld is also a thrilling page-turner, propelling us along with realistic characters and those compelling details that make it impossible for them--or us--to escape the past."--Michael Ondaatje "David Wiegand, The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review"
"In Underworld, we have a mature and hugely accomplished novelist firing on all cylinders, at the sophisticated height of his multifarious powers. Reading the book is a charged and thrilling aesthetic experience and one remembers gratefully that this is what the novel can do, and indeed does, better than any other art form--it gets the human condition, it skewers and fixes it in all its richness and squalor unlike anything else. The novel is the 'great book of life' and as long as there are human beings who are readers it will survive and, with a little luck, even flourish. Don DeLillo's Underworld is a formidably potent and hugely encouraging testimonial to this undeniable, indomitable and strangely consoling fact."--Michael Ondaatje "William Boyd, London Observer"
"Magnificent . . . Underworld is the most powerful and original novel that DeLillo, one of the strongest American writers of our time, has written."--Bradford Morrow "Peter Wolfe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
"Majestic and playful . . . amazingly light and supple for so weighty and elegiac a construction, Underworld soars like a cathedral on the audacity of DeLillo's connections."--Gay Talese "J. Hoberman, Harper's Bazaar"
"The larger the canvas, the better DeLillo paints. He is a novelist of big themes . . . . Underworld is a tour de force."--Gay Talese "Geoffrey Norman, Playboy"
"The most personal and contemplative of DeLillo's novels . . . Underworld confirms that contemporary American fiction's most promising movement involves novels on a large social and historical scale that stretch the norms of narrative and language."--Michael Ondaatje "Vince Passaro, Harper's"
"The profundity, the intricacy, the beauty of Underworld leaves me in a state of awe. It's one of a handful of novels that will come to define our culture in this century."--Bradford Morrow "Adam Kirsch, The Boston Phoenix"
"Think of Underworld as a successor not to the great American novels of Hemingway, Faulkner and Fitzgerald, but to the Russian masterpieces of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. . . . Abig, multistoried, glorious, moving novel."--Bradford Morrow "Philip Gerard, The Raleigh News and Observer"
"Utterly extraordinary . . . in its epic ambition and accomplishment, Underworld calls out for comparison with works like those of Bely or Balzac that have defined the consciousness of their age."--Michael Herr "Melvin Jules Bukiet, Chicago Tribune Books"
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.--Greg Burkman "The Seattle Times"

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