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.

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I would think that since there is no reference to politics it would be more well known. This book starts off really good and grabs your attention right away, and it ends even better. Shelters at Level 1 and 2 are mostly destroyed, the rest dying of radiation soon after.

This was a first novel, and lacks some polish and focus. The review of this Book prepared by tiepilot They aren’t told of the one-way nature of the assignment until they are actually in Level 7, however, and some of them don’t take lveel to their situation.

Level 7 mordscai be dated, but it is still a powerful indictment of the mentality that sees mutual assured destruction as a sensible deterrent to nuclear war.

Quotes from Level 7. While reading, I found myself wishing that more detail had been given, and time devoted, to background and personal information about the characters, particularly the narrator. Reads like an old school utopia novel — the kind that’s more explaining what the utopia’s going to be like, rather than the kind with a Dec 06, Marcele rated it really liked it Shelves: You know, “If you got paid a trillion dollars if you just pressed a button – but that button destroys so many people The extinction of humanity has taken four months from the time that the missiles were first fired.

Morecai scared the moddecai out of me. 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 rosbwald government.

Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

Unfortunately, this book is not a shining example of the crazy diarist. This book is neutral – in the sense that it does not defend either the East or the West. There is only one believable character, the neurotic X who ignites three series of rockets but then refuses to press the button for the last and most destructive, but he has only an episodic appearance and is replaced without stopping the attack.


Level 7 takes the form of this man’s diary, the only thing that keeps him sane in this unbelievable situation. When the book was released in who would have thought that just 3 short years later two countries would be staring across the ocean with their fingers on the button. The book reads like a twisted version of Plato’s Republic – a dissertation on the sort of society and people required to commit and survive atomic armageddon.

The military in charge of the retaliation are specially selected and psychologically trained to be capable of “pressing the button”, the physical act of igniting thousands of atomic-bomb-carrying rockets through the push of one button.

Instead the author portrays the war through the eyes of radar technicians and button pushers who only see blips on radar screens and are told via a loudspeaker on what buttons to push. I just threw Paris Hilton in cuz I was tired: There are no names.

About ten years ago my teenage son and I both read it and agreed it was quite good. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. We follow the diary of a man who lives on Level 7 of a bunker where the best and brightest go in a kind of experiment to see how humans would endure extended life in isolation after a nuclear holocaust.

Simply told, very powerful. The Diary of Push-Button Officer X is intended as a preventative anti-radioactive medicine, good for consumption in any place in the world. The lowest level, Level 7, houses the main character X who is a “button pusher”. Roshwald has described the human psychology about war with total and so, quite discomfiting accuracy, which is the most unsettling as well as interesting aspect of the book.

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 novel. I suppose, however, that it was more effective to maintain the “nuclear war mentality” by not making it so much a human story as an inhum I struggled with whether to give this three or four stars.


When the day of horror finally arrives, our man records the events and his thoughts and feelings, and he later discovers that the truth about this war is more horrifying and depressing than he had previously imagined. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Learn how your comment data is processed. In any case, specific national identities are arguably irrelevant to the book’s themes of dehumanization, the abstraction of nuclear warfare, and the danger that this leads to when combined with the destructive potential of the weapons involved.

The bunker is an immense system of tunnels and rooms about ft underground.

Whenever you write about a book, it makes me want to read it immediately. I suppose we’ve heard that story before and become dulled to the prospect of a fusion armageddon. E forse anche per tutti coloro che pensano che “l’apocalisse” sia quella propinataci negli ultimi anni, l’avventuretta di improbabili ragazzini unici sopravvissuti di un imprecisato virus che ha ucciso tutti gli adulti.

Review: Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

No one knows how or mordecqi, but radiation is getting to the supposedly safe havens. Enemy is called just the “enemy” and allies “allies”.

In perhaps the most fascinating moment in the narrative, x engages in a series of discussions with a school teacher about the stories they should tell their offspring: You are commenting using your WordPress. The constructs seem also outdated. However, they also dislike the others within their own community, and are incapable of building real relationships on Level 7. Roshwald was a “professor emeritus of humanities at the University of Minnesota, and a visiting professor at many universities worldwide.

The mood of the story is grim, as X realizes that once he makes the descent down into Level 7, there is no turning back to the outside world. The story is told in diary form, written by a missile technician only known as x