Pifer contends that Bellow's fiction is radical. Going against the grain of contemporary culture and its secular pieties, the novelist undermines accepted notions of reality and challenges the "orthodoxies" created by materialist values and rationalist thought. Bellow's ten novels actually test the assumptions of traditional realism--the genre with which his fiction is usually identified.Ellen Pifer is the author of 'Saul Bellow Against the Grain (Penn Studies in Contemporary American Fiction)', published 1991 under ISBN 9780812213690 and ISBN 0812213696.
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