The Resource Underworld, Don DeLillo

Underworld, Don DeLillo

Label
Underworld
Title
Underworld
Statement of responsibility
Don DeLillo
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Language
eng
Summary
While Eisenstein documented the forces of totalitarianism and Stalinism upon the faces of the Russian peoples, DeLillo offers a stunning, at times overwhelming, document of the twin forces of the cold war and American culture, compelling that "swerve from evenness" in which he finds events and people both wondrous and horrifying. Underworld opens with a breathlessly graceful prologue set during the final game of the Giants-Dodgers pennant race in 1951. Written in what DeLillo calls "super-omniscience" the sentences sweep from young Cotter Martin as he jumps the gate to the press box, soars over the radio waves, runs out to the diamond, slides in on a fast ball, pops into the stands where J. Edgar Hoover is sitting with a drunken Jackie Gleason and a splenetic Frank Sinatra, and learns of the Soviet Union's second detonation of a nuclear bomb. It's an absolutely thrilling literary moment. When Bobby Thomson hits Branca's pitch into the outstretched hand of Cotter--the "shot heard around the world"--and Jackie Gleason pukes on Sinatra's shoes, the events of the next few decades are set in motion, all threaded together by the baseball as it passes from hand to hand
Summary
A work combining fiction and history in a collaboration that encompasses fifty years gives readers a glimpse into the realities upon which America's modern culture is based and explores the complex relationship between "waste analyst" Nick Shay and artist Klara Sax
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 1997.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 1997.
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001931
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
DeLillo, Don
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Cold War
  • Baseball stories
Target audience
adult
Label
Underworld, Don DeLillo
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
97013825
Extent
827 p.
Isbn
9780684842691
Lccn
97013825
Label
Underworld, Don DeLillo
Publication
Control code
97013825
Extent
827 p.
Isbn
9780684842691
Lccn
97013825

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