The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson AlgrenNelson Algrens devastating of that savage, subterranean world go gamblers, junkies, alcoholics, prostitutes, thieves, and degenerates remains unsurpassed as an authentic portrait of human depravity.
Only a master like Algren could create such a passionate and dramatic novel of so daring a theme as a mans struggle against dope addiction.
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, the bestseller on which Otto Preminger based his magnificent motion picture, is a true novelists triumph. -TIME
Man With the Golden Arm
A superb read for someone living with a very ill wheelchair user and who loves Chicago. I've stood outside Algren's house for a photo against the Info board, 21 November on a trip with my daughter Beth. This is a great paperback edition - thank you Canongate. This 50th-anniversary edition of Algren's signature novel features the full text plus a photo essay on the author and a letter in which Algren describes the book's genesis. If your current copies need junking, replace it with this fine edition. One of the most neglected of modern American authors and also one of the best loved, NELSON ALGREN believed that "literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity. Algren's powerful voice rose from the urban wilderness of postwar Chicago, and it is to that city of hustlers, addicts and scamps that he returned again and again, eventually raising Chicago's "lower depths" up onto a stage for the whole world to behold.
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