160 pages, 7.73 × 5.09 × 0.43 in
September 26, 2006
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0143039873
ISBN - 13: 9780143039877
From the Publisher
An essential masterwork by Nobel laureate Saul Bellow— now with an introduction by J. M. Coetzee
Expecting to be inducted into the army to fight in World War II, Joseph has given up his job and carefully prepared for his departure to the battlefront. When a series of mix-ups delays his induction, he finds himself facing a year of idleness. Saul Bellow's first novel documents Joseph's psychological reaction to his inactivity while war rages around him and his uneasy insights into the nature of freedom and choice.
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About the Author
Saul Bellow (1915-2005) is the only novelist to have received three National Book Awards. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976.
J. M. Coetzee is a two-time winner of the Booker Prize and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. His books include Waiting for the Barbarians and Slow Man.
Christopher Hitchens is a celebrated author and critic. His books include Love, Poverty, and War and Why Orwell Matters.
“One of the most honest pieces of testimony on the psychology of a whole generation who have grown up during the Depression and the war,” –Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
“In this imaginative journal, set against fresh and vivid scenes in Chicago, the author has outlined what must seem to many others an uncannily accurate delineation of themselves.” –The New York Times
“An extraordinary first novel.” –The Observer