Befriending Death: Death, Soul and Eternity in Saul Bellow's Humboldt's Gift

George, Binu
September 2013
Language in India;Sep2013, Vol. 13 Issue 9, p78
Academic Journal
Saul Bellow (1915-2005), winner of many awards including Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize, seriously discusses the theme of death along with its interrelated concepts of soul and eternity in his well received novel Humboldt's Gift (1975), which earned him a Pulitzer Prize. He harmonizes various perspectives, ideologies, thoughts, and reflections of different writers such as Heidegger (phenomenology of death), Whitman (death), Plato (soul), and Rudolf Steiner (anthroposophy) together with traditional religious outlook to enhance his own stance on death. Just like his novels, short stories, and essays, Bellow's handling of death too deserves special attention and remains purely conspicuous.


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