Books: The Naysayer to Nihilism

HIM WITH HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH AND OTHER STORIES by Saul Bellow; Harper & Row; 294 pages; $15.95

Anew book by Saul Bellow is an important event, and not only because he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976. That award merely confirmed what thousands of readers had decided years earlier: Bellow's fiction offers a look at life that is not only essential but is unique among his contemporaries. Bellow has been the most rigorous naysayer to nihilism of his era. He has never tried to hide the gloomy truths about modern life or gloss over all the sound...

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