A penniless and parentless Chicago boy growing up in the Great Depression, Augie March drifts through life latching on to a wild succession of occupations, including butler, thief, dog-washer, sailor and salesman.
Saul Bellow's dazzling career as a novelist has been marked with
numerous literary prizes, including the 1976 Nobel Prize, and the
Gold Medal for the Novel. His other books include The Adventures of
Augie March, Herzog, More Die of Heartbreak, Mosby's Memoirs and
Other Stories, Mr. Sammler's Planet, Seize The Day and The Victim.
Saul Bellow died in 2005.
Christopher Hitchens (b. 1949) is among the best known and most controversial figures in contemporary media. He is a prolific author, journalist, literary critic, and public intellectual who is often described as a "contrarian". Hitchens has been a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Nation, Slate and an occasional contributor to many other publications.
Astonishingly and tremendously entertaining -- The New York
A rollicking, perplexing, astounding whopper of a picaresque novel * Chicago Sunday Times *
Funny, poignant ... it is Bellow's fat comic masterpiece * Augie March *
The great novel of the young person * Harper's *