An editor named Asa Leventhal is left alone in New York during a heat wave while his wife is away. He is accosted by a menacing and anti-Semitic man named Kirby Allbee, who angrily accuses him of ruining his life. Although he barely knows the man, Leventhal is haunted by him and comes to believe that Allbee must be telling the truth. In this chilling portrait of paranoia and mental decay, guilt and innocence--underappreciated when it was published in 1947--Saul Bellow has written a novel equal to his best books.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Subgenre: Settings, Society + Social Issues, Conflicts + Dualities, Peoples + Cultures, Human Qualities + Behavior, Classics