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DLThe new article published in the “Written by Others” tab of On World Literature introduces you to the world of the magnificent American novelist Don DeLillio.

Known for such widely-read novels as Americana (1971), White Noise (1985), and most recently Zero K (2016), Don DeLillio spoke at a Guardian Live event a few days ago about the genesis of his masterpiece, Underworld (1997).

In this extract, DeLillio talks of language and its relationship to the material world.

“Don DeLillio on Underworld: ‘there was no escape’”

Suspending his usual reticence, the great US author told a Guardian Live audience how his vast novel grew from modest plans, and aired some anxieties about US politics today.