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It all adds up : from the dim past to the uncertain future : a nonfiction collection

Saul Bellow (Author)
"Saul Bellow's fiction, honored by a Nobel Prize and a Pulitzer, among other awards, has made him a literary giant. Now, in his first nonfiction collection, Bellow's learned and original mind shines through over four decades of reflections on literature, on the state of the artist in the "violent uproar" of contemporary life, and on life itself, "the mysteries of our common human nature."" "Beginning with "Mozart: An Overture," a personal bicentennial tribute to the composer who means so much to Bellow, these carefully selected pieces, illuminated by Bellow's absolute clarity of language, range from his Nobel Prize lecture of 1976 to ruminations about his beloved city of Chicago, a city, Bellow writes, that "builds itself up, knocks itself down again, scrapes away the rubble, and starts over"; to remembrances of passing friends - John Cheever, Allan Bloom, Isaac Rosenfeld, John Berryman; to the state of the novel in our time. Along the way, he invokes Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Proust, Conrad, and other masters of the novel to bear the testament of his own life, his conviction of what the novel as a work of art can do for a society benumbed by technology." "Also included in this rich collection are pastoral, provocative travel pieces on Spain, Israel, Paris, Tuscany, and other special haunts. And finally, as the chef d'oeuvre, the revealing question-and-answer piece comprising "A Half Life," and "A Second Half Life," which is as close as we will come to an autobiography from this contemporary master of American fiction."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 1994
Viking, New York, N.Y., U.S.A., 1994
American essays
xiii, 327 pages ; 24 cm
9780670853311, 0670853313
28375881
Preface
Mozart: an overture
In the days of Mr. Roosevelt
Literary notes on Khrushchev
The French as Dostoyevsky saw them
A talk with the Yellow Kid
The sealed treasure
Facts that put fancy to flight
White House and artists
A matter of the soul
An interview with myself
Nobel lecture
Writers, intellectuals, politics : mainly reminiscence
The Jefferson lectures
The distracted public
There is simply too much to think about
Spanish letter
Illinois journey
Israel : the six-day war
New York : world-famous impossibility
The day they signed the treaty
My Paris
Chicago : the city that was, the city that is
Vermont : the good place
Winter in Tuscany
Isaac Rosenfeld
John Berryman
John Cheever
Allan Bloom
William Arrowsmith
A half life
A second half life