Dean's December

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Novel by Saul Bellow, published in 1982.

Albert Corde, dean of men at a Chicago college, accompanies his Rumanian-born wife Minna, an astronomer, to Bucharest to be with her dying mother. Communist authorities deny visiting rights as a means of punishing the old woman, a lapsed Communist, and the young one because she defected to the West. This example of the state's control of individuals is balanced by the anarchy that the Dean witnesses in his home city when a campus murder case leads him to write articles dealing with the violent ways of life to which black people are driven, both those on the streets and those in jails.

Subjects: Literature.

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Saul Bellow (1915—2005) Canadian-born American novelist