5 Jan (Uncredited cover for the edition) /5 (Very Good) I recently received a copy of Modecai Roshwald’s Level 7 () from 2thD at. Level 7. Mordecai Roshwald Edited and with a new foreword by David Seed Library of American Fiction · Terrace Books “This story gives the most realistic. 20 Jan Level 7 Mordecai Roshawld University of Wisconsin Press, (Reprint, originally published in ) Level 7 is a fascinating science fiction.

Author: Akinogor Galabar
Country: Bahamas
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Career
Published (Last): 13 March 2011
Pages: 498
PDF File Size: 16.75 Mb
ePub File Size: 5.89 Mb
ISBN: 147-1-59576-605-5
Downloads: 19379
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tulabar

Written at the start of the race for nuclear domination, in plain Cold War’s mids, Mordecai Roshwald ‘s book roswhald aimed to be a deterrent to atomic weapons and related politics.

The review of this Book prepared by tiepilot It details the life and thoughts of push button technician X whose job, deep beneath the surface of the earth, it is to press mordwcai button that will unleash nuclear destuction on the enemy.

To find out more, including how to rosywald cookies, see here: This story is very sad, and chilling. The Berlin crisis had lasted from the previous spring and had resulted in the erection of the wall dividing the city and daily newspaper reports.

Well, while it may not become one of my favorites, it comes very close lwvel being one. Return to Book Page. Trying to find a book about a man in a missle silo 5 Aug 15, Reading it makes me think of the novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin in its protagonist who is known by a number and in the manner in which the leve is led to care about him despite his dedication to what we see as a terrifying government.


Where is the stick, when the place where the main action happens, Level 7, has been physically isolated from the rest of the world, for years?! From their deep-hole bunkers, politicians spit vitriol upon their enemy counterparts, even after such chest beating becomes pointless.

Review: Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

The end is sobering and ultimately futile. For example, a philosopher characters spouts endless rhetorical about the perfect state of existence underground. Science fiction was already an addiction and I’d put away a book or two a day when school wasn’t in session.

I did mordecao up the author, at 91 years old he is apparently still teaching at the U of Minnesota. But things don’t go as expected. Sometimes I’ve marveled at how kids seem to enjoy horror stories, how modern kids I know gravitate to horror films.

But, hey, who gets jacket blurbs from Bertrand Russell! The incredible stupidity of the human race, in pages or less. Great summary and review.

Detailed Review Summary of Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

Definitely going onto the TBR pile. The stripped-down, methodical reporting style has a cumulative effect; the last 20 or so pages are just devastating in their simply-written bleakness. Click here to see the rest of this review Level 7 is elvel, feet down, and there is no way out.

However, this was removed in editions published before because it was felt that it spoiled the ending of the book. Level 7 revolves around a multi-level underground bunker that hol Very chilling book. His most famous work is the novel Level 7a post-apocalyptic science-fiction novel. X is an interesting choice of narrator for these events.

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

It is especially offered to button-pushers, rocket constructors, nuclear physicists, megaton bomb manufacturers, “small” atomic bomb producers, and last but not least, statesmen and politicians. Politics was also of interest since Dad had been a vocal supporter of Kennedy rpshwald Nixon the previous year as well as active in community affairs.


Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

Only a few people are still needed to operate the infernal machine, perhaps to enable each country’s leaders to override roshwalc automatic control, perhaps because it serves the author better.

Level 7 may be dated, but it is still a powerful indictment of the mentality that sees mutual assured destruction as a sensible deterrent to nuclear war. This is going on my reading list.

This version of novel also has a lengthy introduction to contextualize the text and ancillary materials including one of the essays by Roshwald that was the genesis for the roshwapd. Books by Mordecai Roshwald. A claustrophobic life in a bunker becomes stifling for X has he watches and listens to his fellow soldiers start to loose it in a “not so” hermetically sealed bunker.

Review: Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald – King of the Nerds!!!

Atomic War in Fiction. Refresh and try again. This leveo is quiet similar to On the Beach and Alas, Babylonboth in the era in which they were published and the primary subject matter with which they deal: Highly recommended for readers of Howey’s Woolnuclear war “fans,” and vintage science fiction fans.