Abstract: Saul Bellow‟s 1982 novel, “The Dean‟s December”, was written as a follow-up of a visit that the author made decades ago behind the Iron Curtain, in communist Romania. Using his keen sense of observation, finely tuned artistic sensitivity and remarkable knowledge of the political, social and intellectual scene of the second half of the 20th century, the writer managed to draw an accurate, binary sketch of the communist East and the capitalist West caught in the turmoil of ideologies, fight for freedom, power, money, survival and ultimately, individual assertion.
Key words: the East, communism, the West, capitalism, ideology, individual and social freedom
To cite this article: MIHELE, Roxana. “A Tale of Two Worlds – the East and the West: Ideology, Society, Freedom and the Individual’s Fate in Saul Bellow’s The Dean’s December.”International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication 2.1 (2013): 95-107. Print.