Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 96 pages, 7.8 × 5.16 × 0.35 in
Published: October 21, 2009
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0143105841
ISBN - 13: 9780143105848
From the Publisher
“The work of a great master still locked in unequal combat with Eros and Time.” –The New York Times Book Review
In this dazzling work of fiction, Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow writes comically and wisely about the tenacious claims of first love. Harry Trellman, an aging, astute businessman, has never belonged anywhere and is as awkward in his human attachments as he is gifted in observing the people around him. But Harry''s observational talents have not gone unnoticed by "trillionaire" Sigmund Adletsky, who retains Harry as his advisor. Soon the old man discovers Harry''s intense forty-year passion for a twice-divorced interior designer, Amy Wustrin. At the exhumation and reburial of her husband, Harry is provided, thanks to Sigmund, perhaps the final means for disclosing feelings amassed over a lifetime. Written late in Bellow''s career, The Actual is a maestro''s dissection of the affairs of the heart.
This Penguin Classics edition contains an introduction by Joseph O''Neill.
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 the Author
Saul Bellow (1915-2005) wrote thirteen novels and numerous novellas and stories in his lifetime. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976.
Joseph O''Neill is the author of Netherland and Blood-Dark Track: A Family History.
"A mature distillation of Mr. Bellow''s work . . . a gem."
-The New York Times
" The work of a great master still locked in unequal combat with Eros and Time."
-The New York Times Book Review
" [A] wonderful book . . . fully worthy of a place in its author''s vastly esteemed oeuvre."