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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nelson Algren Narrator: Stefan Rudnick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bruno Bicek, “Lefty,” is a prizefighter and small-time hood in Chicago. Boxing is his ticket to escape hard times and gang life, but when Bruno doesn’t prevent the brutal gang rape of his girlfriend, Steffi, it tears them apart, their worlds changed forever. Bruno is sent to jail and Steffi to a brothel governed by the brutality of a local crime boss, the Barber. Sinister and dark, the Barber controls Steffi and has no intention of letting her go. Why should he, when he holds all the cards? Bruno and Steffi, who dream of breaking free, learn this in the end and find that for them there will be no bright morning.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best book to come out of Chicago.”

    Ernest Hemingway

  • “An unusual book and a brilliant book.”

    New York Times 

  • “Chicago pours forth from Stefan Rudnicki—not the satirical ‘da Bears’ version but not a variety that is overly familiar, either. Algren’s masterpiece, which deserves a much higher readership, takes place in the brutal, dead-end, largely Polish enclaves of Wicker Park, Chicago, circa 1942. Bruno ‘Lefty’ Bicek is a twenty-year-old gifted boxer who foolishly believes the ring offers him passage to his American Dream. But his world is circumscribed by organized crime, Chicago-style ward politics, and violence that is as casual as it is unpredictable. Dreams do not come true in such places. Seeming to arise from these gritty streets, Rudnicki’s narration conveys a despair and a terror that do not quickly dissipate.”


  • “A dark and sordid picture of evil of the streets.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sam Fletcher | 12/9/2013

    " Normally it doesn't take me long to become interested in a novel, but for some reason that never happened. I was bored. Even though I live in Chicago, I found myself never connecting with any scenes, characters, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lane Wilkinson | 10/16/2013

    " Another bit of proof that Algren is the master of the empathetic portrayal of the down-and-out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Scott | 10/14/2013

    " Poor people in Chicago. Funny way of talkin' and great dialogs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Monica | 11/18/2012

    " this is seedy, harsh, and all the violence is non-gratuitous. so i had a hard time with it - i couldn't even bring myself to finish it- but i think this guy is brilliant. "

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About the Author
Author Nelson Algren

Nelson Algren (1909–1981), now considered one of America’s finest novelists, was born in Detroit and lived most of his life in Chicago. His jobs included migrant worker, journalist, and medical worker. He is the author of five novels, including The Man with the Golden Arm, which was the winner of the first National Book Award.