1963 Viking Press Edition.
From the back of the book:
The Victim represents another facet of the art of a storyteller whose 'Adventures of Augie March' has been hailed as one of the pioneering American novels of the post-World War II period âthe novel which won the 1954 National Book Award for fiction, and of which Robert Penn Warren said: "[It is] a rich, various, fascinating, and important book, and from now on any discussion of fiction in America in our time will have to take account of it... As a creator of character, Saul Bellow is in the great tradition of the English and American novel."
Diana Trilling wrote of 'The Victim':
"'The Victim' would be hard to match, in recent fiction, for brilliance, skill, and originality....
"So much of its virtue lies in its wonderful physical evocations... that not to linger over them is to do Mr. Bellow's sheer novelistic talent a grave injustice. But... like all good novels, it can be read on so many levels of meaning that to stay with only one or two of them is to put false boundaries on a very large experience....
"'The Victim' issolidly built of fine, important ideas; it also generates fine and important, if uncomfortable, emotions."