Saul Bellow

Book cover image

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

Listen to a sample

“A kind of Dostoyevskian nightmare…written with unusual power and insight.”

New York Times

“Anything by Bellow is worth a dozen other novels.”

Spectator (London)

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.”

Boston Globe

“The best novel to come out of America—or England—for a generation.”

New York Review of Books

“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.”