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Title:Underworld
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Publisher:Picador
ISBN:0330369954
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Number of Pages:827
Category:Fiction, Literature, Novels, American, Literary fiction

Underworld by Don DeLillo

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Underworld 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 .

i Underworld i opens with a breathlessly graceful prologue set during the final game of the Giants Dodgers pennant race in 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 .

It s all falling indelibly into the past writes DeLillo a past that he carefully recalls and reconstructs with acute grace Jump from Giants Stadium to the Nevada desert in where Nick Shay who now owns the baseball reunites with the artist Kara Sax They had been brief and unlikely lovers years before and it is largely through the events spinoffs and coincidental encounters of their pasts that DeLillo filters the Cold War experience He believes that global events may alter how we live in the smallest ways and as the book steps back in time to over the following odd pages we see just how those events alter lives This reverse narrative allows the author to strip away the detritus of history and pop culture until we get to the story s pure elements the bomb the baseball and the Bronx In an epilogue as breathless and stunning as the prologue DeLillo fast forwards to a near future in which ruthless capitalism the Internet and a new hushed faith have replaced the Cold War s blend of dread and euphoria .

Through fragments and interlaced stories including those of highway killers artists celebrities conspiracists gangsters nuns and sundry others DeLillo creates a fragile web of connected experience a communal Zeitgeist that encompasses the messy whole of five decades of American life wonderfully distilled

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b From the author of i White Noise i winner of the National Book Award and i Zero K i b br br In this powerful eerily convincing fictional speculation on the assassination of b John F Kennedy b b Don DeLillo b chronicles b Lee Harvey Oswald b s odyssey from troubled teenager to a man of precarious stability who imagines himself an agent of history When history presents itself in the form of two disgruntled CIA operatives who decide that an unsuccessful attempt on the life of the president will galvanize the nation against communism the scales are irrevocably tipped A gripping masterful blend of fact and fiction alive with meticulously portrayed characters both real and created b Libra b is a grave haunting and brilliant examination of an event that has become an indelible part of the American psyche, 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 br br i Underworld i opens with a breathlessly graceful prologue set during the final game of the Giants Dodgers pennant race in 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 br br It s all falling indelibly into the past writes DeLillo a past that he carefully recalls and reconstructs with acute grace Jump from Giants Stadium to the Nevada desert in where Nick Shay who now owns the baseball reunites with the artist Kara Sax They had been brief and unlikely lovers years before and it is largely through the events spinoffs and coincidental encounters of their pasts that DeLillo filters the Cold War experience He believes that global events may alter how we live in the smallest ways and as the book steps back in time to over the following odd pages we see just how those events alter lives This reverse narrative allows the author to strip away the detritus of history and pop culture until we get to the story s pure elements the bomb the baseball and the Bronx In an epilogue as breathless and stunning as the prologue DeLillo fast forwards to a near future in which ruthless capitalism the Internet and a new hushed faith have replaced the Cold War s blend of dread and euphoria br br Through fragments and interlaced stories including those of highway killers artists celebrities conspiracists gangsters nuns and sundry others DeLillo creates a fragile web of connected experience a communal Zeitgeist that encompasses the messy whole of five decades of American life wonderfully distilled, b Part of the Penguin Orange Collection a limited run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback b br br For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the heritage of Penguin s iconic book design with twelve influential American literary classics representing the breadth and diversity of the Penguin Classics library These collectible editions are dressed in the iconic orange and white tri band cover design first created in while french flaps high quality paper and striking cover illustrations provide the cutting edge design treatment that is the signature of Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions today br br b i White Noise i b br br Winner of the National Book Award i White Noise i tells the story of Jack Gladney his fourth wife Babette and four ultramodern offspring as they navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand name consumerism, It is a stunningly eventful day in the life of Eric Packer a multi billionaire who has recently married the heiress of a vast European fortune A violent protest is being staged by anti globalist groups and Eric fears that he may be a target He is the target but not by the protestors