Mr. Sammler's Planet

Mr. Sammler's Planet

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by Saul Bellow
     
 

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Mr. Artur Sammler, a survivor of the Holocaust, haunted by memories of his literal escape from the grave, is living out his days in New York City. An intellectual who once thrived on the great works of Western literature and philosophy, he now occasionally lectures at Columbia University. A "registrar of madness," he records the degradations of city life while looking… See more details below

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Mr. Artur Sammler, a survivor of the Holocaust, haunted by memories of his literal escape from the grave, is living out his days in New York City. An intellectual who once thrived on the great works of Western literature and philosophy, he now occasionally lectures at Columbia University. A "registrar of madness," he records the degradations of city life while looking deep into the sufferings of the human soul. While the world anticipates the first lunar landing and visions of utopia vie with predictions of imminent apocalypse, Sammler finds himself intrigued by the possibilities of the future, and edges closer toward empathy with his fellow mortals.

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Anatole Broyard
In this book, Bellow has succeeded in doing something he never quite managed before--or at least not quite so successfully. He has created a character who embodies his ideas, who serves, in fact, as his spokesman, yet remains convincing in his own right. Sammler is more than the sum of Bellow's parts. Where Augie March, Henderson and Herzog were brilliant, Sammler is brilliantly human.
— The New York Times, 1970
Bryan Appleyard
The most important writer in the second half of the twentieth century...Bellow's oevre is both timeless and ruthlessly contemporary. -- Sunday Times of London
From the Publisher
“The most important writer in English in the second half of the twentieth century…Bellow’s oeuvre is both timeless and ruthlessly contemporary.” –Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times (London)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140189360
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Series:
Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.67(d)

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“The most important writer in English in the second half of the twentieth century…Bellow’s oeuvre is both timeless and ruthlessly contemporary.” –Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times (London)

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