for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Saul Bellow’s Herzog

tomorrow evening (wednesday 10th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
landmark: saul bellow’s herzog (presented by matthew sweet) (with readings by kerry shale) (in the free thinking series), with studio guests • martin amiszachary leadersarah churchwell

“Born exactly one hundred years ago on June 10th 1915 in Quebec, Bellow spent most of his life in Chicago and it formed the backdrop for many of his novels.
In 1976 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Herzog depicts the mid life crisis of a Jewish academic whose mind begins to unravel when his wife leaves him for his best friend. His rage drives him to write a series of letters to friends, family and the famous in a bid to understand his predicament. They are never sent but they colour the book’s emotional landscape.
Herzog was nominated as one of the 100 best novels in the English language by TIME magazine.”

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