Bemoan technology all you want. It expands your self-esteem and connects you in your well-pressed suit to the things that slip through the world otherwise unperceived.
Underworld is a mesmerizing novel which takes the reader deeply into the lives of the key characters, and into the soul of American culture — from Bronx tenements to grand ballrooms, to a bombing raid over Vietnam. Underworld is DeLillo’s greatest and most powerful work.
Donald Richard “Don” DeLillo is an American novelist, playwright and essayist. He has written 15 novels and 3 plays. His works have covered subjects as diverse as television, nuclear war, sports, the complexities of language, performance art, the Cold War, mathematics, the advent of the digital age, politics, economics, and global terrorism.
Initially a well-regarded cult writer, but White Noise, published in 1985, brought DeLillo widespread recognition, and was followed in 1988 by Libra, a bestseller. DeLillo has twice been a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist (for Mao II in 1992 and for Underworld in 1998). He won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Mao II in 1992, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2010, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction in 2013.
DeLillo has described his fiction as being concerned with “living in dangerous times”, and in a 200 interview declared, “Writers must oppose systems. It’s important to write against power, corporations, the state, and the whole system of consumption and of debilitating entertainments […] I think writers, by nature, must oppose things, oppose whatever power tries to impose on us.”