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The dean's December

Author: Saul Bellow
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1998.
Series: Penguin twentieth-century classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Albert Corde, dean of a Chicago college, is unprepared for the violent response to his scathing articles on city corruption or to his involvement in the trial of two blacks charged with the killing of a white student. Corde finds himself accused of betraying his city, of being a civic-minded fool and a racist. Journeying to Bucharest, where his mother-in-law lies dying, Corde is forced to make the harsh comparisons  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Political fiction
Domestic fiction
College stories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saul Bellow
ISBN: 0140189130 9780140189131
OCLC Number: 39605611
Description: 312 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Penguin twentieth-century classics.
Responsibility: Saul Bellow.

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Albert Corde, dean of a Chicago college, is unprepared for the violent response to his scathing articles on city corruption or to his involvement in the trial of two blacks charged with the killing of a white student. Corde finds himself accused of betraying his city, of being a civic-minded fool and a racist. Journeying to Bucharest, where his mother-in-law lies dying, Corde is forced to make the harsh comparisons between the corruption and inhumanity of Communist tyranny and the rotting, abandoned cityscapes of Chicago. Juxtaposing the month's impinging events in Chicago and Bucharest--events both intimate and public--Bellow deftly illustrates how the whirling forces of this century may gather to conspire our doom.

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