Don DeLillo, Underworld

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is the twelfth novel by American author Don DeLillo. Published in 1997 to enormous critical acclaim, it has gone on to be one of the most celebrated works of American fiction of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries; in 2006 a survey conducted by

The New York Review of Books

declared it the second best work of American fiction of the previous twenty-five years (after Toni Morrison’s


). As well as being one of DeLillo’s most admired works and, at over eight hundred pages in length, his longest,


is also his most complex and multifaceted novel to date: it spans five decades, employs a non-linear narrative framework, features a huge cast of characters, is variously narrated in the first, third and even second person, and deals with themes that…

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Citation: Perfect, Michael. "Underworld". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 March 2012 [, accessed 25 May 2024.]

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