Don DeLillo, Underworld

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

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Citation: Perfect, Michael. "Underworld". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 March 2012 [, accessed 06 June 2023.]

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