Book cover for Underworld




24 November 2022
832 pages
Imprint: Picador


A literary colossus, equal to any (and surpassing most) of the vaulting novels which strive for the immensity of the American mythic.
A rousingly impressive achievement in almost every novelistic department - dialogue, structure, timing, precise description, heartfelt veracity and the rest.
Every decade or so the real thing comes along - a work of literature so overwhelmingly good that you know it is a masterpiece which will endure . . . huge sections sweep you along in a way that only the greatest books can.
His longest, most ambitious, and most complicated novel - and his best . . . Underworld is the black comedy of the Cold War; it is full of sentences that capture, with the choice of the odd word, a moment in American history.