Narrated By: Joe Barrett
Duration: 9 hours and 32 minutes
What to expect
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, Leventhal is led by his own self-doubts and suspicions into a nightmare of paranoia and fear.
Classic fiction, Fiction: general and literary, Fiction: general and literary
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“A kind of Dostoyevskian nightmare…written with unusual power and insight.”
“Anything by Bellow is worth a dozen other novels.”
“The Victim confirmed the emergence of a new protagonist in American literature: modern, Jewish, as alienated from his surroundings as Kafka’s Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis.”
“The best novel to come out of America—or England—for a generation.”
“A story of New York today—in general introspective, thought provoking, but with the focus on the idea rather than the people, who are little more than lay figures.”