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Herzog (Penguin Classics) de Saul Bellow
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Herzog (Penguin Classics) (1964 original; edició 2003)

de Saul Bellow, Philip Roth (Introducció)

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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. Like the protagonists of most of Bellow's novels Dangling Man, The Victim, Seize the Day, Henderson the Rain King, etc. Herzog is a man seeking balance, trying to regain a foothold on his life. Thrown out of his ex-wife's house, he retreats to his abandoned home in Ludeyville, a remote village in the Berkshire mountains to which Herzog had previously moved his wife and friends. Here amid the dust and vermin of the disused house, Herzog begins scribbling letters to family, friends, lovers, colleagues, enemies, dead philosophers, ex- Presidents, to anyone with whom he feels compelled to set the record straight. The letters, we learn, are never sent. They are a means to cure himself of the immense psychic strain of his failed second marriage, a method by which he can recognize truths that will free him to love others and to learn to abide with the knowledge of death. In order to do so he must confront the fact that he has been a bad husband, a loving but poor father, an ungrateful child, a distant brother, an egoist to friends, and an apathetic citizen. Herzog is primarily a novel of redemption. For all of its innovative techniques and brilliant comedy, it tells one of the oldest of stories. Like The Divine Comedy or the dark night of the soul of St. John of the Cross, it progresses from darkness to light, from ignorance to enlightenment. Today it is still considered one of the greatest literary expressions of postwar America.… (més)
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Títol:Herzog (Penguin Classics)
Autors:Saul Bellow
Altres autors:Philip Roth (Introducció)
Informació:Penguin Classics (2003), Paperback, 400 pages
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Herzog de Saul Bellow (1964)

  1. 40
    El procés de Franz Kafka (SanctiSpiritus)
  2. 20
    Steppenwolf de Hermann Hesse (roby72)
  3. 10
    Atrapa el dia (Seize the day). de Saul Bellow (SanctiSpiritus)
  4. 21
    Crim i càstig de Fyodor Dostoyevsky (SanctiSpiritus)
  5. 00
    Fury de Salman Rushdie (thorold)
    thorold: Rushdie's Fury is an ironic 21st century take on the professor-as-victim theme, with a whole string of references back to Herzog.
  6. 00
    La consciència de Zeno de Italo Svevo (roby72)
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It was okay. Not much happened but I learned a lot about Jewish male angst in the mid 20th century. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
I have to confess I've tried hard to read all that 'modern American stuff' (maybe a bookshelf) and I just don't like it. Why three stars? I'm just not feeling mean this morning. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Ambientato negli Stati Uniti del secondo dopoguerra, Herzog è un romanzo sulla crisi di mezza età di un intellettuale ebreo, Moses E. Herzog, che ha appena divorziato per la seconda volta (un divorzio particolarmente difficile). Ha due figli, uno con la prima moglie e uno con la seconda, che stanno crescendo senza la sua presenza. La sua carriera di scrittore e di accademico è in una fase di stallo. Herzog ha una relazione con Ramona, una donna molto sensuale con cui, però, non vuole impegnarsi.

Il secondo matrimonio di Herzog, quello con l'esigente e manipolatrice Madeleine, si è appena concluso in modo umiliante. Madeleine ha convinto Moses a far trasferire lei e la loro figlia Junie a Chicago, e a fare in modo che anche i loro migliori amici, Valentine e Phoebe Gersbach, si trasferissero là, dopo aver procurato un buon lavoro a Valentine. Ma era tutta un'astuta manovra, perché Madeleine e Valentine hanno una tresca e, subito dopo il trasferimento a Chicago, Madeleine lascia Herzog, ottiene un ordine restrittivo contro di lui e cerca di farlo internare in un ospedale psichiatrico.

Herzog passa il tempo scrivendo lettere che poi non invia. Le lettere sono indirizzate ad amici, familiari e personaggi famosi. I destinatari possono essere persone non più in vita, e spesso sono persone che Herzog non ha mai incontrato. L'unico elemento comune delle lettere è che Herzog esprime costantemente la sua delusione, o per i suoi fallimenti o per i fallimenti degli altri o per le parole dette dagli altri; altre volte Herzog chiede scusa per il modo in cui egli stesso ha deluso gli altri.
  kikka62 | Feb 20, 2020 |
Too much navel-gazing for my blood. Perhaps I've read too many of these kinds of books of late. ( )
  slmr4242 | Oct 16, 2019 |
Life is too short to be this bored reading a book. ( )
  carliwi | Sep 23, 2019 |
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Anybody who has gotten some distance from a heartbreak’s wickedest throes, and wants to understand it, and wants to feel again the vibrancy of mind that made love possible in the first place, should read... Herzog.
 
A masterpiece... Herzog's voice... for all its wildness and strangeness and foolishness is the voice of a civilization, our civilization... The book is new and classic, and its publicaiton now... suggests that things are looking up for America and its civilization.
afegit per GYKM | editaThe New York Times Book Review, Julian Moynahan
 
With this new work, his sixth novel, Saul Bellow emerges not only as the most intelligent novelist of his generation but also as the most consistently interesting in the point of growth and development. To my mind, too, he is the finest stylist at present writing fiction in America.
afegit per GYKM | editaBook Week, Philip Rahv
 
A novel that is certain to be talked about and written about for a long time to come, Herzog reinforces my conviction that Bellow is the leading figure in American fiction today.
afegit per GYKM | editaSaturday Review, Granville Hicks
 

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If I am out of my mind, it's all right with me, thought Moses Herzog.
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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. Like the protagonists of most of Bellow's novels Dangling Man, The Victim, Seize the Day, Henderson the Rain King, etc. Herzog is a man seeking balance, trying to regain a foothold on his life. Thrown out of his ex-wife's house, he retreats to his abandoned home in Ludeyville, a remote village in the Berkshire mountains to which Herzog had previously moved his wife and friends. Here amid the dust and vermin of the disused house, Herzog begins scribbling letters to family, friends, lovers, colleagues, enemies, dead philosophers, ex- Presidents, to anyone with whom he feels compelled to set the record straight. The letters, we learn, are never sent. They are a means to cure himself of the immense psychic strain of his failed second marriage, a method by which he can recognize truths that will free him to love others and to learn to abide with the knowledge of death. In order to do so he must confront the fact that he has been a bad husband, a loving but poor father, an ungrateful child, a distant brother, an egoist to friends, and an apathetic citizen. Herzog is primarily a novel of redemption. For all of its innovative techniques and brilliant comedy, it tells one of the oldest of stories. Like The Divine Comedy or the dark night of the soul of St. John of the Cross, it progresses from darkness to light, from ignorance to enlightenment. Today it is still considered one of the greatest literary expressions of postwar America.

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