The Actual (novel)

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The Victim
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). 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.