Underworld by Don DeLillo audiobook

Underworld

By Don DeLillo
Read by Richard Poe

Simon & Schuster Audio
31.37 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781442342569

Our lives, our half-century Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meetagain in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events ofhis early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshotin a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood-struggle forindependence. Don DeLillo’s mesmerizing novel opens with a legendary baseball gameplayed in New York in 1951. The glorious outcome—the home run that wins thegame is called the Shot Heard Round the World—shades into the grim news thatthe Soviet Union has just tested an atomic bomb. The baseball itself, fought over and scuffed, generates the narrativethat follows. It takes the reader deep into the lives of Nick and Klara andinto modern memory and the soul of American culture—from Bronx tenements togrand ballrooms to a B-52 bombing raid over Vietnam. A generation’s master spirits come and go: Lenny Bruce crackingdesperate jokes, Mick Jagger with his devil strut, J. Edgar Hoover in a sexyleather mask. And flashing in the margins of ordinary life are the curiouslyconnected materials of the culture. Condoms, bombs, Chevy Bel Airs, and miraclesites on the Web. Underworld is a story ofmen and women together and apart, seen in deep, clear detail and instadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of theCold War. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinarytimes—Don DeLillo’s greatest and most powerful work of fiction.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 1998 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Winner of the 1998 American Book Award

Winner of the 1998 Ambassador Book Award for Fiction

A 1997 National Book Award for Fiction

A 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 1999 International Dublin Literary Award Finalist

A 1997 New York Times Best Book for Fiction

A USA Today bestseller

Our lives, our half-century

Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meetagain in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events ofhis early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshotin a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood-struggle forindependence.

Don DeLillo’s mesmerizing novel opens with a legendary baseball gameplayed in New York in 1951. The glorious outcome—the home run that wins thegame is called the Shot Heard Round the World—shades into the grim news thatthe Soviet Union has just tested an atomic bomb.

The baseball itself, fought over and scuffed, generates the narrativethat follows. It takes the reader deep into the lives of Nick and Klara andinto modern memory and the soul of American culture—from Bronx tenements togrand ballrooms to a B-52 bombing raid over Vietnam.

A generation’s master spirits come and go: Lenny Bruce crackingdesperate jokes, Mick Jagger with his devil strut, J. Edgar Hoover in a sexyleather mask. And flashing in the margins of ordinary life are the curiouslyconnected materials of the culture. Condoms, bombs, Chevy Bel Airs, and miraclesites on the Web.

Underworld is a story ofmen and women together and apart, seen in deep, clear detail and instadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of theCold War. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinarytimes—Don DeLillo’s greatest and most powerful work of fiction.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Underworld is magnificent book by an American master.”  Salman Rushdie
“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.”  Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient
“[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 twentieth century but also anticipated America’s lurch into the terror and exigencies of the new millennium.”  New York Times
“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.” Amazon.com, editorial review

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Author

Author Bio: Don DeLillo

Author Bio: Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo is the author of seventeen novels which have 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. In 2013 he 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 31.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English