Saul Bellow

  • Herzog

    Saul Bellow

    Était-il intelligent ou idiot? En ce moment, il ne pouvait guère prétendre être intelligent. Il avait peut-être eu un jour les armes pour le devenir, mais il avait plutôt choisi d'être un rêveur et les requins l'avaient nettoyé. Quoi d'autre? Il perdait ses cheveux. Il lisait les publicités de Thomas, le spécialiste du cuir chevelu, avec le scepticisme de celui dont le désir de croire est profond, désespéré. Spécialiste du cuir chevelu! Oui, il avait été beau autrefois. Son visage portait les marques des corrections qu'il avait reçues. Mais il l'avait cherché, encourageant ainsi ses assaillants. Ce qui l'amena à réfléchir sur son personnage. Comment le qualifier? Eh bien, selon le vocabulaire actuel, il était narcissique ; il était masochiste ; il était anachronique.

  • Augie March quitte Chicago au temps de la Grande Dépression, et la tutelle de Grandma Lausch, juive émigrée d'Odessa. Augie March part tenter de trouver une place dans le monde. Sur sa route, il croise : un homme d'affaires ayant fait fortune, une héritière collectionneuse
    de serpents, des trotskistes, une célèbre actrice, tous ces gens qui veulent son bien, qui racontent quelque chose de lui. Car Augie n'est pas un fils d'émigrants comme les autres : la réussite, pour lui, c'est avant tout la recherche de la liberté, et l'affranchissement de toutes contraintes.

  • " Saul Bellow est l'écrivain américain le plus important de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle. " Le Monde
    Kenneth Trachtenberg, excentrique professeur de russe, quitte la France et son Paris natal pour rejoindre l'université du Midwest, aux États-Unis, où son oncle Ben Crader, botaniste de génie, lui a obtenu un poste. Très liés, les deux hommes se confient l'un à l'autre leurs incroyables et complexes histoires de coeur. Trachtenberg a eu une fille avec une femme qui refuse de l'épouser, quand Crader, veuf d'une première femme, est tombé sous l'emprise d'une deuxième, avide de sexe, avant de se laisser embarquer par une troisième, aussi riche que désaxée. C'est avec beaucoup de verve et un sens de l'humour percutant que Saul Bellow raconte les " aventures " de Trachtenberg et Crader, qui vont tenter de comprendre pourquoi des gens doués et intelligents comme eux se retrouvent toujours victimes de leur vie personnelle.

  • «Notre espèce est-elle folle?
    Les preuves n'en manquent pas.» Ainsi pense Mr. Sammler, rescapé de l'Holocauste. Dans le New York décomplexé des années soixante, cet intellectuel d'un autre temps observe avec stupéfaction l'hédonisme ambiant. Et les promesses d'un avenir radieux lui semblent au contraire mener à plus de souffrance et de folie.

    Constat amer sur nos sociétés de consommation, La planète de Mr. Sammler est aussi un récit d'apprentissage, celui d'un vieil homme qui devra apprendre à compatir.

  • " Saul Bellow est l'écrivain américain le plus important de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle. " Le Monde.
    Fondateur d'un Institut de la mémoire à Philadelphie, le narrateur de ce court roman, une fois l'âge de la retraite arrivé, décide de raconter l'histoire d'Harry Fonstein, un réfugié d'Europe centrale, et de Billy Rose, un petit truand de Broadway. Sauvé des nazis par ce dernier alors qu'il était enfermé dans une prison italienne, Harry Fonstein a été mis dans un bateau en direction de New York. Des années plus tard, alors que son bienfaiteur a toujours refusé de le rencontrer pour être remercié, Harry ne peut oublier celui qui lui a sauvé la vie...La Bellarosa Connection est un roman percutant qui met en place une réflexion sur l'homme, sa solitude et sa déconcertante ambiguïté. À travers les réflexions de son narrateur, lucide et désenchanté, Saul Bellow fait preuve d'un humour caustique, incisif, qui met en relief, jusque dans les moments les plus tragiques, les aspects absurdes de l'existence.

  • Journaliste de mode new-yorkaise renommée, Clara Velde s'est mariée quatre fois. Mais elle reste éperdument amoureuse d'Ithiel, qu'elle a connu avant tous les autres. Incapable de s'engager, il lui avait pourtant offert une bague sertie d'une émeraude qu'elle porte toujours comme symbole de leur amour passé. Un jour, la bague disparaît. Soupçon, colère, détresse, cruauté, remords... Un ouragan d'émotions envahit cette femme jusqu'alors inébranlable et aussi froide que l'acier. La prose acide et gaie de Saul Bellow pointe avec autant de virtuosité que de vivacité les frustrations, lubies secrètes, peurs irrationnelles que les hommes et les femmes - ces vaines créatures - tentent de refouler au plus profond de leur être.

  • Leventhal is a natural victim; a man uncertain of himself, never free from the nagging suspicion that the other guy may be right. So when he meets a down-at-heel stranger in the park one day and finds himself being accused of ruining the man's life, he half believes it. He can't shake the man loose, can't stop himself becoming trapped in a mire of self doubt, can't help becoming ... a victim.

  • In the mid-1970s, Saul Bellow visited Israel and To Jerusalem and Back is his account of his time there. Immersing himself in its landscape and culture, he records the opinions, passions and dreams of Israelis of varying viewpoints - from Prime Minister Rabin, novelist Amos Oz and the editor of an Arab-language newspaper to a kibbutznik escaped from the Warsaw ghetto and the barber at Bellow's hotel. Through meditations steeped in history and literature he adds his own reflections on being Jewish in the twentieth century. Bellow's exploration of a beautiful and troubled city is a powerful testament to the unique spirit and challenges of Israel, its history and its future.

  • Dean Corde is a man of position and authority at a Chicago university. He accompanies his wife to Bucharest where her mother, a celebrated figure, lies dying in a state hospital. As he tries to help her grapple with an unfeeling bureaucracy, news filters through to him of problems left behind in Chicago. A student had been been murdered and Corde had directed that charges be pressed against two black youths, but controversy and pressure are mounting against the university administration. Further, a series of articles written by Corde has offended influential Chicagoans whom he had counted as friends. Corde is troubled: at home the centre is not holding firm, in Eastern Europe authority is cruel and dehumanising.

  • Augie March is a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Depression. A 'born recruit', he latches on to a wild succession of occupations, then proudly rejects each one as too limiting. Not until he tangles with the glamorous Thea, a huntress with a trained eagle, is his independence seriously threatened. He goes on to recruit himself to even more outlandish projects, but always ducks out in time to continue improvising his unconventional career. Augie March is the star performer ina richly observed human variety show, a modern-day Columbus in search of reality and fulfilment.

  • Anglais Herzog

    Saul Bellow

    Herzog is alone, now that Madeleine has left him for his best friend. Solitary, in a crumbling house which he shares with rats, he is buffeted by a whirlwind of mental activity. People rumoured that his mind had collapsed. But was it true? Locked for days in the custody of his rambling memories, Herzog scrawls frantic letters which he never mails. His mind buzzes with conundrums and polemics, writing in a spectacular intellectual labyrinth. Is he crazy, or is he a genius?..

  • Abe Ravelstein is a brilliant professor at a prominent midwestern university and a man who glories in training the movers and shakers of the political world. He has lived grandly and ferociously-and much beyond his means. His close friend Chick has suggested that he put forth a book of his convictions about the ideas which sustain humankind, or kill it, and much to Ravelstein's own surprise, he does and becomes a millionaire. Ravelstein suggests in turn that Chick write a memoir or a life of him, and during the course of a celebratory trip to Paris the two share thoughts on mortality, philosophy and history, loves and friends, old and new, and vaudeville routines from the remote past. The mood turns more somber once they have returned to the Midwest and Ravelstein succumbs to AIDS and Chick himself nearly dies.

  • For many years, the great poet Von Humboldt Fleisher and Charlie Citrine, a young man inflamed with a love for literature, were the best of friends. At the time of his death, however, Humboldt is a failure, and Charlie's life has reached a low point: his career is at a standstill, and he's enmeshed in an acrimonious divorce, infatuated with a highly unsuitable young woman and involved with a neurotic mafioso. And then Humboldt acts from beyond the grave, bestowing upon Charlie an unexpected legacy that may just help him turn his life around.

  • Mr. Artur Sammler, Holocaust survivor, intellectual, and occasional lecturer at Columbia University in 1960s New York City, is a "registrar of madness," a refined and civilized being caught among people crazy with the promises of the future (moon landings, endless possibilities). His Cyclopean gaze reflects on the degradations of city life while looking deep into the sufferings of the human soul. "Sorry for all and sore at heart," he observes how greater luxury and leisure have only led to more human suffering. To Mr. Sammler-who by the end of this ferociously unsentimental novel has found the compassionate consciousness necessary to bridge the gap between himself and his fellow beings-a good life is one in which a person does what is "required of him." To know and to meet the "terms of the contract" was as true a life as one could live.

  • Kenneth Trachtenberg, the witty and eccentric narrator of More Die ofHeartbreak, has left his native Paris for the Midwest. He has come to benear his beloved uncle, the world-renowned botanist Benn Crader, self-described "plant visionary." While his studies take him around the world, Benn, a restless spirit, has not been able to satisfy his longings after his first marriage and lives from affair to affair and from "bliss to breakdown." Imagining that a settled existence will end his anguish, Benn ties the knot again, opening the door to a flood of new torments. As Kenneth grapples with his own problems involving his unusual lady-friend Treckie, the two men try to figure out why gifted and intelligent people invariably find themselves "knee-deep in the garbage of a personal life."

  • 'We were friends, somehow.But in the end, somehow, he intended to be a mortal enemy.All the while that he was making the gestures of a close and precious friend he was fattening my soul in a coop till it was ready for killing.' Vital, exuberant, streetwise and philosophizing, Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow is one of the undisputed masters of American prose. In this inspired novella an ageing man writes an apology for his rudeness to a librarian thirty-five years earlier, unleashing a dazzling, rancorous comic riff on growing old, regret, rudeness, smoking and 'the world's grandeur'.

  • Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson's awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe - but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah. A hilarious, often ribald story, HENDERSON THE RAIN KING is also a profound look at the forces that drive a man through life.

  • Bellow was America's writer, and in this superb collection of nonfiction essays he demonstated his vigilance of and loyalty to his country over a span of 45 years. From his earliest piece, a war report from Spain written for the Partisan Review (1948), to his Novel Prize lecture (1976), to a Forbes article entitled "There Is Simply Too Much To Think About," Bellow was consumed by the idea of America--so great, so accomplished, so magical--destroying its soul.

  • Expecting to be inducted into the army, 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. Dangling Man is his journal, a wonderful account of his restless wanderings through Chicago's streets, his musings on the past, his psychological reaction to his inactivity while war rages around him, and his uneasy insights into the nature of freedom and choice.

  • This is the definitive collection of short stories by Saul Bellow. Abundant, precise, various, rich and exuberant, the stories display the stylistic and emotional brilliance which characterizes this master of prose. Some stories recount the events of a single day, some are contained in a wider frame; each story is a characteristic combination of observation and a celebration of humanity.

  • “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 seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 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.

  • Abe Ravelstein is a brilliant professor at a prominent midwestern university and a man who glories in training the movers and shakers of the political world. He has lived grandly and ferociously-and much beyond his means. His close friend Chick has suggested that he put forth a book of his convictions about the ideas which sustain humankind, or kill it, and much to Ravelstein's own surprise, he does and becomes a millionaire. Ravelstein suggests in turn that Chick write a memoir or a life of him, and during the course of a celebratory trip to Paris the two share thoughts on mortality, philosophy and history, loves and friends, old and new, and vaudeville routines from the remote past. The mood turns more somber once they have returned to the Midwest and Ravelstein succumbs to AIDS and Chick himself nearly dies. Deeply insightful and always moving, Saul Bellow's new novel is a journey through love and memory. It is brave, dark, and bleakly funny: an elegy to friendship and to lives well (or badly) lived.

  • Anglais The Victim

    Saul Bellow

    "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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • 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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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