Level 7

Level 7

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by Mordecai Roshwald
     
 
Level 7 is the diary of Officer X-127, who is assigned to stand guard at the electronic controls of an intercontinental missile system, designed to wage nuclear war. Located in underground installations four thousand feet deep, Level 7 has been built to withstand the most devastating attack and to be self-sufficient for five hundred years. Selected according to a

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Level 7 is the diary of Officer X-127, who is assigned to stand guard at the electronic controls of an intercontinental missile system, designed to wage nuclear war. Located in underground installations four thousand feet deep, Level 7 has been built to withstand the most devastating attack and to be self-sufficient for five hundred years. Selected according to a psychological profile that assures their readiness to destroy all life on Earth, those who are sent down may never return. Originally published in 1959, translated into fourteen languages, and with over 400,000 copies sold, this powerful dystopian novel remains a horrific vision of where the nuclear arms race may lead. Yet, implicitly, it is an affirmation of human life and love. Level 7 should be considered a must-read by all science fiction fans as well as those concerned about human fate in the nuclear age. The new critical edition contains additional related material, some previously unpublished, as well as a preface by the author and an introduction by the editor of the volume, David Seed, professor of English literature at the University of Liverpool, England.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It is easily the most powerful attack on the whole nuclear madness that any creative writer has made thus far."—J.B. Priestley

"Eventually, I believe, Roshwald’s remorseless apocalypse will be recognized as one of the masterpieces of anti-utopian literature."—H. Bruce Franklin

"In some ways this story gives the most realistic picture of nuclear war that I have read in any work of fiction."—Linus Pauling

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556520655
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Mordecai Roshwald is Professor Emeritus of humanities at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for twenty-five years, and a visiting professor at leading Israeli, U.S., and European universities.

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