"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.
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