The Dean's December
ISBN 13: 9780140189131
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1998
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Albert Corde, dean of a Chicago college, is unprepared for the violent response to his expose of city corruption. Accused of betraying his city, as well as being a racist, he journeys to Bucharest, where his mother-in-law lies dying, only to find corruption rife in the Communist capital. Switching back and forth between the two cities, The Dean's December represents Bellow's "most spirited resistance to the forces of our time" (Malcolm Bradbury).
"I think I'm speaking out quite frankly about the deterioration of life in American cities [in this book], and I wouldn't be surprised if I drew some flack. But if you've told yourself all your life that you're a friend of the truth, there comes a time when you must put up or shut up. They're not going to be able to shrug this one off, though there are some very powerful shruggers around."
Saul Bellow, New York Times Book Review, 12/15/81
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