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Herzog. by  Saul Bellow - Signed First Edition - 1964 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 3538)

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Herzog.

by Bellow, Saul

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New York: The Viking Press, 1964. A novel complex, compelling, absurd and realistic, Herzog became a classic almost as soon as it was published in 1964. In it Saul Bellow tells the tale of Moses E. Herzog, a tragically confused intellectual who suffers from the breakup of his second marriage, the general failure of his life and the specter of growing up Jewish in the middle part of the 20th century. He responds to his personal crisis by sending out a series of letters to all kinds of people. The letters in total constitute a thoughtful examination of his own life and that which has occurred around him. What emerges is not always pretty, but serves as gritty foundation for this absorbing novel. "A masterpiece" (The New York Times). Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best novels in the English language since Time's founding in 1923.

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Saul Bellow was a Canadian-born American writer. For his literary contributions, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. His novel, Herzog, was the 1965 winner of the National Book Awards.  The protagonist in this story is Moses Herzog; a middle-aged failed academic whose career, so brilliant in the beginning has now ended. He has written one celebrated scholarly book, but is having immense trouble producing another. He has been through two failed marriages and fathered two children. He agonizes over his condition with good reason because mentally and emotionally, he is having a nervous breakdown. He has conversations with dead philosophers telling them the points on which he disagrees. Herzog does love his children and tries to be with them, but mostly he is an absentee father. He obsessively writes letters that he never sends, while he contemplates his past two marriages, his academic career and his infidelities. An intense, outstanding novel written with precision and vivid characterizations.

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
3538
Title
Herzog.
Author
Bellow, Saul
Book condition
Used
Publisher
The Viking Press
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1964
Keywords
1976, Herzog First Edition, John Nef, Nobel Prize, Saul Bellow First Edition, signed first edition, University of Chicago

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