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Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir (Paperback)
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Saul Bellow's Heart: A Son's Memoir (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 10/04/2014
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'The greatest American author ever, in my view ... His sentences seem to weigh more than anyone else's. He is like a force of nature ... The people in Bellow's fiction are real people, yet the intensity of the gaze that he bathes them in ... opens up into the universal' Martin Amis 'What Bellow had to tell us in his fiction was that it was worth it, being alive' Linda Grant 'The backbone of twentieth-century American literature has been provided by two novelists - William Faulkner and Saul Bellow. Together they are the Melville, Hawthorne and Twain of the twentieth century' Philip Roth Greg Bellow's bond with his famous-writer father was grounded in a tenderness, social optimism, and light-hearted humour rarely attributed to a man more often remembered for being quick to anger and schooled in rational argument. This intimate memoir gives voice both to the 'Young Saul' - the rebellious, irreverent and ambitious young writer, and dedicated father - and to the 'Old Saul', the writer known to the wider world, whose edges hardened as his social views turned pessimistic. The change taxed the relationship between Bellow and his son so sorely that Greg feared it might not survive. Saul Bellow's Heart is an affectionate, revealing portrait of a fiercely private man, a picture of a moving father-son relationship and a unique insight into one of America's greatest twentieth-century writers.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408831380
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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Saul Bellow's Heart is a fascinating personal document written with much sympathy, yet an admirable candor, by Bellow's eldest son Gregory, a psychotherapist. It is a portrait of the artist at close quarters, and at a little distance; a confirmation of the deep autobiographical roots of Bellow's fiction; and a revelation of what it means to be the child, in this case one of three sons, of the most lavishly acclaimed American writer of the second half of the 20th century * Joyce Carol Oates *
A very personal, affectionate account of a giant of modern literature * Sunday Herald *
Its family history can illuminate novels * Evening Standard *
[A] restrained and moving memoir * David Baddiel, The Times *
What distinguishes this ... is the ability to express both admiration and disapproval without becoming fully possessed by either ... The result, free from illusions and full of sweet writing, does greater justice to what his father left behind than any number of eulogies from his better-known literary sons * New Statesman *
Saul Bellow was an incandescent being, and also incandescently difficult. Greg Bellow has written a wrenchingly candid account of being his son - a real son, not a literary son: there is no self-invention here, there is only self-discovery. I was deeply moved by Greg Bellow's memoir of his passage from pain to acceptance. Amid the brutalities of love he has found its blessing * Leon Wieseltier *
Thoughtful and considered and fuelled by Greg Bellow's hurt as much as his memories opens with a telling anecdote. It is discreetly operatic, an overture that helps makes sense of all that is to follow ... Perceptive, honest ... Impressively intelligent ... It is true to Bellow the writer and the man * Eileen Battersby, Irish Times *
His memoir contains some interesting nuggets * Sunday Times *
Bellow's characterisation of his father's background is one of the most enjoyable strands of the book * Guardian *
A better book than might have been expected. The eldest son of the Nobel Prize-winning Canadian-born US novelist, a retired psychiatrist, reveals some of the pride and all of the hurt that went with belonging to the first of his self-absorbed father's several families * Eileen Battersby, Irish Times Non-fiction Books of the Year *

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