For the few sultry weeks that his wife is away from their New York apartment, Asa Leventhal wrestles with this specters of guilt: a dying nephew, a leeching alcoholic who accuses Leventhal of having ruined his career, and the memories of an insane mother.
Torn between rage and penitence, Asa Leventhal is unable to act effectively toward his nephew or his colleague. Hour by hour he sinks deeper into loneliness and fear.
A forerunner of Herzog, this Saul Bellow's masterpiece is about a middle aged, middle-class American Jew--a man in nightmare, his will to act crippled by self-imposed impotence and guilt.
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