Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780684848150, 832pp.
Publication Date: July 1998
With cameo appearances by Lenny Bruce, J. Edgar Hoover, Bobby Thompson, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason and Toots Shor, "this is DeLillo's most affecting novel...a dazzling, phosphorescent work of art" (Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times").
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."—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Malcolm Jones Newsweek There's pleasure on evey page of this pitch-perfect evocation of a half-century.
Joan Mellen The Baltimore Sun Underworld is a page-turner and a masterwork, a sublime novel and a delight to read.
Greg Burkman The Seattle Times 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.
Salman Rushdie Underworld is magnificent book by an American master.
Michael Ondaatje The book is an aria and a wolf-whistle of our half century. It contains multitudes.