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Moisés Herzog, um professor de Filosofia cuja carreira começou brilhantemente mas que se estancou nos últimos tempos, é abandonado pela sua segunda mulher, Madalena, que encetou uma relação com o melhor amigo dele, Valentim. Herzog revê então o seu passado - os seus dois casamentos, os filhos, a sua carreira académica, as suas infidelidades - e escreve obsessivamente carta ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published April 23rd 2009 by Biblioteca Sábado (first published 1964)
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Dave Russell
Dear Saul,
I'm afraid it's over. I can no longer have you on my favorite authors list.
(No, no let go of F. Scott's sleeve. You're only making this harder than it needs to be.) I want to tell you how much I loved Henderson the Rain King. One of my favorites. It was so full of wit and energy. Then I had to go and read this piece of crap, Herzog. Whereas Henderson was an adventure, this was just a big long bitch session. (Hey, give Borges back his cane.) Yes, fine maybe it's me. In fact I'm sure it
Michael Finocchiaro
Herzog is one of Bellow's most enduring characters and this is one of his best books. When not screwing up his life, his letters to people real, dead and imaginary kept me laughing the entire time. I loved how despite everything, there is a feeling of exuberance about life in this book and it made me want to go back and read it again in a year. Highly entertaining, there is never a dull moment and lots and lots of humor. I would say for those that have not read Bellow that this is an excellent j ...more
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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During the time I was reading "Herzog," NPR coincidentally ran one of its "You Must Read This" pieces, this one by Jeffrey Eugenides and touting Saul Bellow's novel. In the piece, Eugenides says:
There's a little thing I do when I can't write: When I'm feeling sleepy, when my head is in a fog, I reach across my desk, digging under the piles of unanswered mail, to unearth my copy of "Herzog" by Saul Bellow. And then I open the book — anywhere — and read a paragraph.

It always works. Right away I'm
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has warts – oh, does it have warts…! Like Moses Herzog himself, this book is marred and marked with warts…. But it is a book of genius nonetheless – and not just in parts, but in whole – in scope and in depth….

I rarely write reviews about fiction – I’m not a literary type. One of the very few I’ve written worth reading is that of The Sun Also Rises. Fiction is not amenable to the type of analysis that comes most naturally to me.

Besides, I’ve only been reading fiction, after a long hi
Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
The Noble Lion

Moses Herzog is an academic, an individual who is used to seeing himself as a prince, a noble, a patrician, a patriarch. He's not a plebeian. He's not upwardly mobile. He believes he's already at the peak. He's somebody who stands out from the crowd. He has dignity.

He displays "the pride of the peacock, the lust of the goat, and the wrath of the lion." Of these three characteristics, the most significant is that he is leonine (the ultimate compliment Saul Bellow would ever pay anyo
Most of us have one big advantage over rich people and fictional characters when it comes to dealing with our personal issues. For example, look at Moses Herzog in this book. Herzog goes through an ugly divorce, and his circumstances allow him to wallow in his misery and behave erratically for months. I’m sure any of us in similar circumstances would like to put our lives on hold as we picked at our emotional scabs while ignoring our jobs and taking trips across Europe.

However, most of us don’t
To all the people that watched my brave struggle with this book; I dedicate this review to you.
I have really mixed feelings about this one. Was it an absolute struggle to read? Did I fall asleep after a page or two many times? Was I wishing I was reading something else, something were things actually happened, like, I don't know say The Dark Desires Of the Druids III: Desert and Destiny? The answer to all these questions is yes.

Now, was I reading it with a pencil in my hand underlining sentences
Charles Matthews
Considering that it's a novel with nothing you could call a plot, Herzog is an inexhaustible book. It touches on elemental human relationships (sexual, familial, social) and spins off into lofty philosophical debates, reflections on civilization, on the meaning of death, and on the American experience. It tempts a reader into close analysis while at the same time mocking such analysis. Moses Herzog is at once the most meticulously observed of characters and the most impossible to grasp as a whol ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moses Herzog is Saul Bellow' s avatar. The writer speaks through his character. To judge Herzog is to judge Bellow. I won't do it. I will just say that to read such autobiographical fiction you need to know the writer's personal life, not only the writer's past that shaped this novel about failure but also the writer's future after the book's enormous success, his later achievements, struggles and passions. Ok, I'll tell you my opinion about Moses Herzog! Herzog is a really annoying guy, a macho ...more

"Pray tell me, Sir, whose dog are you?"

What is the world for the intellectual? The playground of his ideas or the hell of his emotions? For Moses Hezog, a forty-seven-year old former Professor in a mid-life crisis it is certainly both. Recently gone through a messy divorce and the tragi-comedy of a marital triangle, the hero looks for the cathartic liberation from this emotional ballast in two ways: by writing letters to acquaintances and strangers, to the living and the dead, and by remembering
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is rightly perceived to be a classic (4.5 stars), published in 1964. Written well before Bellow became the curmudgeonly conservative of his older age, when he attacked multiculturalism and post-modernism, it was a joy to read.
It concerns the mid-life crisis of Moses Elkanah Herzog; when his second wife Madeleine elects to end their marriage and start a relationship with Herzog’s best friend Valentine. Moses writes letters to and about all those involved (letters that are never posted) and a
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to start an annoying argument about the Canon
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For a while Saul Bellow seemed poised to become one of the 20th century's most famous authors, but he seems to have faded into the second tier nowadays. He doesn't have the visceral power of Steinbeck, Wright or Baldwin, or the technical ambition of Faulkner or Woolf; he just writes good books. Maybe that cost him. My reaction to Augie March was, well, there's certainly nothing wrong with this book, nor is it going to change my life. "That's a good book," I thought. "Moving on."

And now here's H
Parastoo Ashtian
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Franco  Santos
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Pero ¿cuál es la filosofía de esta generación? No que Dios ha muerto. Eso ya ha dejado de decirse desde hace mucho tiempo. Quizá deba decirse ahora que la Muerte es Dios. La generación actual cree -este es un gran pensamiento- que nada que sea fidedigno, vulnerable y frágil puede durar ni tener verdadera fuerza. La Muerte espera estas cosas lo mismo que un suelo de cemento espera a una bombilla que está a punto de caerse. El brillante caparazón de cristal pierde con un estallido su pequeño vací ...more
Steven  Godin
This is impeccable writing of the highest order and my first experience of a Bellow novel and have to say I fully understand why this is deemed a masterpiece.First off this was never really an enjoyable read but don't think it was meant to be as the main focal point Moses Herzog is such a depressing and bewildering figure who spends most of the time dwelling on the past of failed marriages and writing letters to people that he never intends to send.As Moses is a writer and teacher this does take ...more
Novels without chapters bug me.
Herzog had some sort of dissection; sometimes the prose would be cut, only to be continued a couple spaces below. It still seemed vague and disorganized to me, having been for so long used to chapters and clear division.

I read a measly 18% of this book, and this is what I have to show for it:
This book was extremely hard for me to review. I’m still not completely sure I have a finished opinion on it. It had been on my to-read list forever. And it’s long been on the
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Um livro que me deu muita luta… Agradeço-lhe por isso caro Sr. Moses E. Herzog.

Esta é a auto-análise obsessiva de um homem à procura de um rumo, um rumo que fatalmente encontra nas mulheres, um equívoco ao qual regressa sempre como se fosse um retorno ao útero materno. A tragicomédia de Herzog.

Herzog busca tranquilidade num mundo corrompido, num mundo que o encara como insano e escreve compulsivamente cartas sobre tudo e sobre nada para criar um ponto de equilíbrio e estabilidade na sua vida des
Nelson Zagalo
Li até meio, com muita calma mas sem convicção, daí em diante li na diagonal. Não estou no modo certo para esta leitura, talvez noutra altura, ou noutra vida!

Bellow tem todas as qualidades de um Nobel: erudito, denso, entrosado, rico e bastante resistente. O tema deste livro até é interessante, e a abordagem à introspeção questionadora também, mas enreda-se demais, perde-se em descrições não fornecendo propriamente motivação narrativa.
Jan Rice
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot is slight. Basically, Moses Herzog, a 47 year old man living in the early 1960s in New York and Chicago, an academic, a grandson of immigrants, has done okay, as long as he was in a stable marriage while having affairs whenever opportunity and desire presented itself. He is not doing okay now, though, because he fell into love and infatuation and married the object of them, ditching the first wife. Now wife no. 2 has manipulated, used, and left him for a best friend. In the course of th ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Herzog, Saul Bellow
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Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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زندگی اش ، آن طور که در اصطلاح می گویند ، تباه شده بود . ولی چون زندگی اش از اول هم چیزی نبود ، پس چندان هم جای تاسف نداشت

Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
מדלן, אישתו השניה של פרופסור מוזס הרצוג עוזבת אותו לטובת החבר הטוב שלו. היא לא רק עוזבת היא מנשלת אותו מביתו ומסביבתו הטבעית באקדמיה כשהיא מתחילה לפתח קריירה אקדמית.

הרצוג מתמוטט נפשית ויוצא למסע בו הוא מנסה להשלים עם הגירושים השניים, מתשוקתו ואהבתו למדלן ומגירושיו. במהלך המסע הוא נזכר באפיזודות מחייו וכותב פתקים ומכתבים שאינו שולח לגרושתו, לאנשי ממשל, לפילוסופיים ולעיתונים. מהמכתבים הקורא לומד על מערכת יחסיו עם מדלן, שמצטיירת כאישה יפה, כריזמטית ומושכת אבל גם אכזרית ומרושעת. הרצוג מצייר אותה גם
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ah, la magniloquenza dell'autogiustificazione, pensò Herzog. Che genio sapeva suscitare nei mortali, perfino in quelli con il naso più rosso.

Ah, poveretto!- e Herzog per un momento si unì al mondo obiettivo, e da quell'altezza guardò giù, a se stesso. Anche lui poteva sorridere di Herzog e disprezzarlo. Ma rimaneva sempre il fatto. Io sono Herzog. Io sono obbligato a essere quest'uomo. Nessun'altro può esserlo al posto mio.

Mentre parlavo con una cara amica dell'ultimo film di Woody Allen, all'us
Marzieh rasouli
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هرتزوگ تقریبن تو کتابفروشیا پیدا نمیشه. من تو شهر کتاب آپادانا یه نسخهشو پیدا کردم که معین بهم گفته بود. شاید هنوز داشته باشه ازش. هرتزوگ ماجرای زندگی مرد محقق و روشنفکریه که زنش به گا دادهش. برای همه نامه می نویسه و اشتباهاتشون رو بهشون گوشزد میکنه. از رئیسجمهور گرفته تا مقاله نویس روزنامه و آدم هایی که سالها از مرگشون می گذره. مهرجویی بعضی از صحنههای هامون رو عینن از رو هرتزوگ کپی کرده. مثل اون صحنهای که هامون به زنش غر میزنه که اینا چیه رفتی براشون پول دادی. چند تا تیکهی درخشان داره رمانه. یه ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, I just want to give Moses Herzog a hug. Any real review I could give would be a simple disservice to this wonderful novel, but this is one of the best stories I've read in a while, I genuinely didn't want it to be over as I was turning its last pages. Bellow's prose is beautiful, and I couldn't find a lazy sentence in the entire book. The characters are real and broken and loveable, and I will be sure to visit them again soon.
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tata J
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 and 1001 Must Read Books
This book was published in the year I was born: 1964. I will also always remember this book in the years to come because I read in while struggling with my jet lag here in Columbus, Ohio. I started reading this while in the stopover in Nagoya, Japan on my way here.

This book has won a number of accolades: National Book Award in 1965, All-TIME Magazine 100 Greatest Novels and listed both in the 501 and 1001 Must Read Books. It is said to be the major reason for Saul Bellow's bagging of the Nobel P
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Esamina bene ciò che è comprensibile e concluderai che soltanto l'incomprensibile ti fornisce qualche luce."

Ecco, tutto gira vorticosamente intorno a questo centro di gravità, in un bailamme dove l'ironia sorniona va a braccetto con un caustico ottimismo. Boccata d'ossigeno Bellow, ogni volta che leggo un suo libro immergo la testa in un catino di acqua gelata e poi riemergo con un ghigno da matto stampato in volto esclamando "cazzo, ho capito!!!!" Cosa? Nulla. Accettati così come sei e fatti
Francisco H. González
Herzog editada por Galaxia Gutenberg, con traducción de Vicente Campos, convirtió a Saul Bellow en un escritor famoso y millonario y lo puso en el camino del Nobel, que obtendría en 1976. Algo sorprendente dado que Herzog no se me antoja como una novela fácil, ni un bestseller al uso.

Herzog a día de hoy es ya todo un personaje en el mundo de la literatura. La figura de ese profesor de filosofía en crisis, delirante, cuya angustia existencial puede abocarlo al nihilismo, empecinado en escribir mi
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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saul bellow, "derin bir insanlık kavrayışıyla çağdaş kültürün incelikli çözümlemesini birleştirdiği" gerekçesiyle nobel kazanmış. herzog, bu birleşimin zirve yaptığı başyapıt. canlı/sahici bir kahraman (herzog) üzerinden yirminci yüzyılın siyasi, felsefi ve ahlaki çözümlemesini okuyoruz. kahraman bu yüzyılın hem temsilcisi hem de mağduru. herzog'un hikayesi hem yıkım hem de direniş hikayesi. çok yönlü, çok boyutlu, sorgulayan, sorgulatan bir hikaye. herzog'un zaman zaman yanında, zaman zaman kar ...more
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Herzog, Dear Bellow,
This book 'bout the fellow
Down-trodden, seems awfully bleak.
His life's done to Hell, lo
His skin's turned all yellow,
So what is there for him to seek?

Dear Moses, Dear Saul,
Where's gone your wherewithal?
It would seem that you've gone quite astray.
Lost two wives in all,
And your child: a lost doll,
Is it true "every dog has his day"?

Dear lover, Dear debtor,
Forgive me this letter,
I think I have quite lost my marbles!
I swear I'll get better,
Perhaps its the weather
That's making
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Saul Bellow was born in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, in 1915, and was raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Chicago, received his Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1937, with honors in sociology and anthropology, did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.

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