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“Ravelstein” is the last novel by Saul Bellow, created in 2000 on the basis of the real biography of his old friend – the famous philosopher and essayist, Allan Bloom, who has repeatedly been called with admiration or disapproval – “Machiavelli of the twentieth century.”

Alan Bloom’s students were the most conservative and determined “hawks” of the American political elite, he was considered a kind of “gray cardinals” of the White House.

The degree of Bloom’s influence on American politics for decades can not be overestimated. His eccentricity and extravagance were legendary.

But how was he seen by not a man “from outside”, not an indifferent biographer but a friend and a great connoisseur of human souls, Bellow?