The Victim by Saul Bellow
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"The best novel to come out of America-or England-for a generation." —V.S. Pritchett, The New York Review of Books

In this unique noir masterpiece by the incomparable Saul Bellow, a young man is sucked into the mysterious, heat-filled vortex of New York City. Asa Leventhal, a temporary bachelor with his wife away on a visit to her mother, attempts to find relief from a Gotham heat wave, only to be accosted in the park by a down-at-the-heels stranger who accuses Leventhal of ruining his life. Unable to shake the stranger loose, Leventhal is led by his own self-doubts and suspicions into a nightmare of paranoia and fear.

This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by National Book Award winner Norman Rush.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


About Saul Bellow

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Saul Bellow (1915-2005) wrote thirteen novels and numerous novellas and stories in his lifetime. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976. Norman Rush is the author of the novel Mating, which won the National Book Award, as well as the novel Mortals and the short story collection Whites.
Published November 30, 2010 by Penguin Classics. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Again a book on the theme of anti-semitism, but here is merely a fragmentary presentation without force, about which is woven a plot of nightmare quality.

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