Dangling Man is Saul Bellow's first novel, published in 1944. It concerns the life of Joseph, an unemployed man living in Chicago, as he waits to be drafted in World War II. It is not considered his best work: Bellow is more famous for novels such as The Adventures of Augie March and Herzog.
This is the tenth movement from Cantata 147 by Bach, first performed in 1723. This piece of music will prove significant: see the bookmark to Page 623, "the stack of records that Sophie and Nathan had played that afternoon".
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