Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
Synopses & Reviews
With his wife away visiting her mother, Asa Leventhal is spending his time alone. One evening, attempting to find relief from a New York heat wave, he is accosted in a park near his home by a down-at-the-heels stranger who accuses him of ruining his life. When his immediate indignant denial has no effect, Leventhal gradually succumbs to the man's story and comes to believe that he has, in fact, caused the man irreparable damage. Unable to shake the stranger loose or stop his own self-doubts and suspicions, Leventhal descends into a nightmare of paranoia and fear.
"A kind of Dostoyevskian nightmare...written with unusual power and insight." The New York Times
Leventhal is a natural victim; a man uncertain of himself, never free from the nagging suspicion that the other guy may be right. So when he meets a down-at-heel stranger in the park one day and finds himself being accused of ruining the man's life, he half believes it.