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“I turned sixty-nine on June 10th, ’84. On that day Alexandra said she was divorcing me. She moved out of the apartment then and there. Not before she had applied circular stickers, big ones, green and white, to her possessions and mine. Even bathrobes and carpet slippers carried these gummed labels, a weird snowfall of large round green and white flakes.”

letter to Hymen Slate, dated July 25, 1996, in Saul Bellow: Letters (New York: Viking, 2010), 521–22.
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