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'A work of near heroic vitality and cunning' Sunday Telegraph At sixty-four Mickey Sabbath is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous; sex is an obsession and a principle, an instrument of perpetual misrule in his daily existence. But after the death of his long-time mistress - an erotic free spirit whose great taste for the impermissible matches his own - Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past. Bereft and grieving, tormented by the ghosts of those who loved and hated him, he contrives a succession of farcical disasters that take him to the brink of madness and extinction... Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
Looking at Philip Roth's writing life as a "book of voices," Debra Shostak listens in on the conversations that this prominent American novelist has conducted with himself and his times over forty years and twenty-four books. She finds that while Roth frequently shifts perspectives, he repeatedly returns to interrelated questions of cultural history, literary history, and, especially, selfhood.
Mickey Sabbath, traurig-komischer Held des Romans von Philip Roth, ist am Ende. Einst hat er als Puppenspieler die Zuschauer am Broadway entzückt, nun sind seine Finger steif und arthritisch verkrümmt. Der Artist will sterben. In einem grellen Bilderbogen zieht sein Leben noch einmal an ihm vorbei, eine Abfolge von erotischen Niederlagen und vermeintlichen Triumphen, die seine überreizte Phantasie in allen Details ausmalt. »Philip Roth triumphiert noch einmal mit einem großen Roman: fürchterlich, unverfroren und unwiderstehlich.« DER SPIEGEL
Mickey Sabbath, traurig-komischer Held des Romans von Philip Roth, ist am Ende. Einst hat er als Puppenspieler die Zuschauer am Broadway entzückt, nun sind seine Finger steif und arthritisch verkrümmt. Der Artist will sterben. In einem grellen Bilderbogen zieht sein Leben noch einmal an ihm vorbei, eine Abfolge von erotischen Niederlagen und vermeintlichen Triumphen, die seine überreizte Phantasie in allen Details ausmalt.
This new biography of the controversial, influential, and prize-winning American novelist Philip Roth, a writer with an international reputation for inventive, original novels from Portnoy's Complaint to American Pastoral and The Plot Against America, is based on new access to archival documents and new interviews with Roth's friends and associates.
“Demonstrates powerfully the manifold ways in which Roth’s writing often helped to shape, and was in turn shaped by, the larger political climate.” —David Brauner, author of Contemporary American Fiction Widely acknowledged as one of the twentieth century’s most prolific and acclaimed writers, Philip Roth received the National Book Award for his first novel, Goodbye, Columbus, and followed this stunning debut with more than thirty books—earning another National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. Throughout his career, Roth delighted in controversy—yet often denied that he sought a role as a public intellectual. His statements and vigorous support of suppressed writers in communist Czechoslovakia, however, tell a different story. In A Political Companion to Philip Roth, established and rising scholars explore the myriad political themes in the author’s work. Several of the contributors examine Roth’s writings on Jewish identity, Zionism, and American attitudes toward Israel, as well as the influence of his work in other countries. Others investigate Roth’s articulation of the roles of gender and sexuality in US culture. This interdisciplinary examination offers a more complete portrait of Roth as a public intellectual and cultural icon. It not only fills a gap in scholarship, but also provides a broader perspective on the nature and purpose of the acclaimed writer’s political thought. “Addresses a void in discussions of Roth’s work by looking at his thinking on political matters, particularly as they involve identity, the American Jewish experience, Israel, and Cold War fears of communism.” —Choice
When he learned he had ALS and roughly two years to live, literary critic Mark Krupnick returned to the writers who had been his lifelong conversation partners and asked with renewed intensity: how do you live as a Jew, when, mostly, you live in your head? The evocative and sinuous essays collected here are the products of this inquiry. In his search for durable principles, Krupnick follows Lionel Trilling, Cynthia Ozick, Geoffrey Hartman, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and others into the elemental matters of life and death, sex and gender, power and vulnerability. The editors—Krupnick’s wife, Jean K. Carney, and literary critic Mark Shechner—have also included earlier essays and introductions that link Krupnick’s work with the “deep places” of his own imagination.
Roth’s Wars is an inquiry into how Roth cast himself throughout his fiction as a war writer, a teller of soldier stories, in relation to Roth’s and his narrators' subsidiary performances as sportswriters, crime reporters, polemicists, pundits, and movie fans.