The Victim (Penguin Classics)

By Saul Bellow

"The top novel to return out of America-or England-for a generation." V.S. Pritchett, The long island evaluate of Books

during this targeted noir masterpiece through the incomparable Saul Bellow, a tender guy is sucked into the mysterious, heat-filled vortex of latest York urban. Asa Leventhal, a short lived bachelor together with his spouse away on a trip to her mom, makes an attempt to discover aid from a Gotham warmth wave, simply to be accosted within the park via a down-at-the-heels stranger who accuses Leventhal of ruining his existence. not able to shake the stranger free, Leventhal is led through his personal self-doubts and suspicions right into a nightmare of paranoia and fear.

This Penguin Classics variation gains an creation through nationwide ebook Award winner Norman Rush.

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Her smile was once unsteady and envious. He hovered close to her a second, breathing in the robust smell of powder or fragrance that emanated from her within the warmth of the room. She driven a white comb into her hair and moved clear of him. He banged the kitchen door and, in the dead of night, beside the throbbing fridge, he waited and heard the low sounds of a talk. He didn't attempt to stick with it. there have been footsteps; the tread used to be the woman”s, she used to be going towards the door. It was once for her sake basically that he had withdrawn, to be able to spare her. It wasn’t her fault. most likely Allbee had no longer instructed her the flat used to be a person else’s. The nerve of him, the nerve! Leventhal approximately cried aloud in revulsion. He distorted his face wildly, stretching his mouth. The nastiness of it! The fridge faltered and quivered yet continually recovered and ran, chaotically and interminably, ran and ran. Its white crown used to be on a degree together with his eyes; he may well see blue sparks inside. the one more thing noticeable within the room used to be the pilot mild, additionally blue, a far deeper blue, within the black hollows and spidery bars of the fuel variety. The woman’s glance remained with him. So did her smell; it looked as if it would hold to the rooms. The voices endured within the vestibule. Leventhal went into the dining-room. at the day-bed’s crumpled sheets, the pillow grey, nearly black, there have been newspapers, underwear, and socks. among the curtains, at the sill, he found a cup of espresso during which drops of mildew floated, and crumbs and scraps of nutrition. The outer door close and he strode into front room. “Look here,” acknowledged Allbee, once he got here throughout the kitchen door. “I proposal you have been out of city for the week finish. You didn’t come domestic final evening. I thought... ” “You suggestion you’d carry a tramp in from the road. ” “No ... now wait. ” He gave a hasty, slightly breathless chortle. “I understand i've got a fallen nature. I by no means pretended to be whatever I wasn’t. Why all of the pleasure? you will have given me a couple of minutes. ” He spoke placatingly, with funny chagrin. He regarded sallow and his lips have been dry. His smile persevered on the corners covertly, it was once conceited. Leventhal flushed thickly. “In my mattress! ” “Well, the day mattress is so slim. No position to take a woman . .. i needed a bit more room ... ” He used to be under no circumstances certain of himself and his voice wavered as he made the shaggy dog story. “I fail to spot what there's to fuss approximately. ” “Oh, you don’t see! It gave you a bang to place your whore the place I sleep. ” The vehemence of his loathing gave a distinct flip to Allbee’s smile; it turned jeering, and a yellowish scorching tinge came to visit his bloodshot eyes. Leventhal heard him murmur anything approximately “fastidiousness. ” “You hypocrite! i presumed you couldn’t recover from your spouse. ” “Don’t you point out my spouse! ” Allbee cried. “Why now not, you’re consistently crying approximately her, aren’t you? ” “I say don’t! go away issues on my own that you simply can’t comprehend. ” “What can’t I comprehend? ” “Not that, needless to say! ” Allbee acknowledged harshly. His face was once infected; his cheekbones regarded as though they'd been branded.

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