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An epic novel combining fiction and history in a collaboration that encompasses fifty years of American history ‘A rousingly impressive achievement in almost every novelistic department – dialogue, structure, timing, precise description, heartfelt veracity and the rest . . . In Underworld we have a mature and hugely accomplished novelist firing on all cylinders, at the sophisticated height of his multifarious powers’ William Boyd, Observer 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. 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. ‘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 About The Author: Don DeLillo, the author of fifteen novels, including Point Omega , Falling Man , White Noise and Libra , has won many honours in America and abroad, including the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his novel Underworld . In 2010, he received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award. He has also written three plays.

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