Level 7 (Library of American Fiction) [Mordecai Roshwald, David Seed] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Level 7 is the diary of Officer . (Uncredited cover for the edition) /5 (Very Good) I recently received a copy of Modecai Roshwald’s Level 7 () from 2thD at. In an unspecified nation, the nameless officer X is taken to an ultra-secret installation called Level 7. He has been chosen to be one of four “Push Button.

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It is a coldly logical social roshwaald inhabited by emotionally stunted human beings, whose purpose is to be the push-button operators for otherwise fully-automated weaponry, and later to continue the species.

No wonder it was in crappy condition and smelled of mildew. The end is sobering and ultimately futile. There are no names.

But, hey, who gets jacket blurbs from Bertrand Russell! You know, “If you got paid a trillion dollars if you just pressed a button – but that button destroys so many people Refresh and try again.

Published June 24th by University of Wisconsin Press first published I took the plunge, punched the button, and decided to give the book a try. Of course, such a marriage will be like none on the surface due to the restricted living arrangements. Written at the start of the race for nuclear domination, in plain Cold War’s mids, Mordecai Roshwald ‘s book was aimed to be a deterrent to atomic weapons and related politics.


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 reader is led to care about him despite his dedication to what we see as a terrifying government. All the buttons are pressed, and in 2 hours 58 minutes the world is eradicated. Oct 14, John rated it did not like it. Mar 14, Ilia rated it did not like it. His job is to push the buttons that launch the nukes at the enemy if told to do so by his command.

You are commenting using your WordPress. On at least one occasion I recall having run to Mother, crying. Ero molto titubante ad affrontare questa lettura per varie ragioni.

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

While I personally found On the Beach totally unimpressive and a drag, Alas, Babylon became one of my favorite novels. The Loudspeaker, source of all information and entertainment, announces that marriages will be allowed.

May 02, Raegan Butcher rated it liked it Recommends it for: Apr 17, Shawn rated leevel really liked it.

Apparently the first proponent of this measure was a Hiroshima police officer, and it actually was effective enough that not a single Nagasaki police officer was killed in the intial blast there according to Wikipedia, anyway.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It is a fine fictional lvel about what might await those who are ‘lucky’ enough to survive a first strike. He’s part of the machine. Read it this way and you may find it useful. With no chance of redemption whatsoever. I did look up the author, at 91 years old he is apparently still teaching at the U of Minnesota.


Level 7 (novel) – Wikipedia

The extinction of humanity has taken four months from the time that the missiles were first fired. I was more repelled by the personalities of the individuals on level 7. PBX Officer X decides to write a diary of his experiences, and lwvel book takes the shape of this diary. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Questa preme Ero molto titubante ad affrontare questa lettura per varie ragioni.

X is deployed to the 7 th level of a vast underground complex — the level responsible for the offensive capabilities of their nuclear arsenal Level 6 is defensive, Level 5 is living quarters for the elite and political classes, etc. Feb 23, Kathleen Fowler rated it liked it. I am so glad this novel is now available in e-book form. Well, I recommend the more acknowledged classics first so you get a sense of the era.

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald () | Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

On The Beach has a film adaptation which is ok as well…. Open Preview See a Problem? Roshwald was a “professor emeritus of humanities at the University of Minne Roshwald was an American academic and writer.