Country United States
Publication date March 1989
Pages 128 pp
Originally published March 1989
Preceded by More Die of Heartbreak
Media type Print Paperback
Followed by The Bellarosa Connection
Publisher Penguin Books
|Saul Bellow books The Bellarosa Connection, More Die of Heartbreak, Something to Rememb, The Dean's December, Mr Sammler's Planet|
A Theft is a 1989 novel by the American author Saul Bellow. Bellow originally wanted to publish the book as a story or serial in a magazine such as The New Yorker, but his agent had trouble selling it to any magazine. Bellow, instead, chose to publish it as a book, and it was his first book to be published in paperback form, which was something highly unusual for a book written by an erudite and respected author. Bellow himself said on the television show Good Morning America that the book had the quality of a hardcover book, but lacked the requisite number of pages and, hence, was published as a trade paperback.
Clara Velde is a successful fashion writer in New York City and the star of the story. The book's title refers to the disappearance of Clara's prized emerald ring. Clara associates the ring with her love for the Washington, D.C. politico Ithiel and with her own professional and personal power. The ring's apparent theft leads Clara into a series of psychological crises and forces her to confront a long-buried complex of interpersonal issues.