In a rare UK appearance American novelist Don DeLillo will join the Guardian Book Club for a discussion of his 1997 novel, Underworld.
At the centre of the book is the story of what happens to a single famous object - the baseball hit into the stands to win the 1951 World Series for the New York Giants. In a celebrated opening sequence, the novel juxtaposes this Shot Heard Around the World with the Soviet Union's first successful detonation of an atomic bomb. What follows is a deep examination of post-war America, taking in nuclear paranoia, the decline of industry, Vietnam and the Cuban missile crisis, with cameo appearances from historical figures including J Edgar Hoover and Frank Sinatra.
Michiko Kakutani, called the novel 'a dazzling, phosphorescent work of art' and William Boyd praised it as 'a rousingly impressive achievement in almost every novelistic department - dialogue, structure, timing, precise description, heartfelt veracity and the rest.'
DeLillo will talk to John Mullan about the making of a modern American masterpiece.