The Actual (novel)

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The Actual
First edition cover
Author Saul Bellow
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Viking/Penguin Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 104
ISBN 0-670-86075-1
OCLC 36017249
813/.52 21
LC Class PS3503.E4488 A63 1997

The Actual is a 1997 novella by the American author Saul Bellow.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Like most of Bellow's fiction, the story centers on the lives of a group of passionate and anxious people living in Chicago. Harry Trellman has formed a friendship with the fabulously wealthy Sigmund Adletsky (perhaps inspired by Sheldon Adelson. There is no proof that Saul Bellow had Adelson in mind. Adelson and the Character Adletsky have very little in common except that they are both "fabulously wealthy.") Sigmund aims to bring Harry together with Harry's childhood sweetheart, Amy Wustrin.


  • In 2009, produced an audio version of The Actual, narrated by A. C. Fellner, as part of its Modern Vanguard line of audiobooks.