NPR logo Author DON DeLILLO on his new novel "Underworld

Author DON DeLILLO on his new novel "Underworld

Author DON DeLILLO on his new novel "Underworld

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Author DON DeLILLO on his new novel "Underworld." (Scribner) This 827-page work weaves in and out of the latter half of this century, incorporating modern icons such as Frank Sinatra, Lenny Bruce, and J. Edgar Hoover. The novel's first scene visits the Giant-Dodgers pennant game of October 3rd, 1951 — also the date of the first nuclear test in the Soviet Union. Such clashes of American culture in the midst of the Cold War pervade "Underworld." DeLILLO is also the author of such novels as "White Noise," "End Zone," and "Great Jones Street." (THIS INTERVIEW CONTINUES INTO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SHOW)12:28:30 FORWARD PROMO (:29)12:29:00 I.D. BREAK (:59)12: