The blessing and the curse.
The novelist in search of a literary father.
Remembrance of riots past.
The novelist’s sole work of nonfiction.
His reputation will fall and rise with his people’s.
The great theme of his work is resistance to spiritual constraint, the soul’s freedom as the highest value.
A new volume highlights the work of Saul Bellow’s friend and lover.
Did his deracinated outlook subvert his own literary career?
The second volume of a new biography sheds some light on the question.
And his struggle to break into, and remain in, the literary establishment.