Saul Bellow
Penguin Classics, New York, 2003; originally published 1964, English
ISBN: 9780142437292

From the Publisher. Winner of the National Book Award when it was first published in 1964, Herzog traces five days in the life of a failed academic whose wife has recently left him for his best friend. Through the device of letter writing, Herzog movingly portrays both the internal life of its eponymous hero and the complexity of modern consciousness.

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Cleto Munari

Herzog’s ideas, as expressed in his letters, are brilliant and seductive. The beauty of the novel lies in this dissection of Herzog’s mind and in the descriptions of the characters’ emotions, and also in his examination of society in general. When I got to know Bellow during his involvement in the production of one of my fountain pens, I understood something of his character through the light in his eyes.

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