Saul Bellow against the Grain


Pifer contends that Bellow's fiction is radical. Going against the grain of contemporary culture and its secular pieties, the novelist undermines accepted notions of reality and challenges the "orthodoxies" created by materialist values and rationalist thought. Bellow's ten novels actually test the assumptions of traditional realism-the genre with which his fiction is usually identified.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Philadelphia
Publication year:
  • 1990