Philip Roth

1 American Pastoral

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1997-05-12
Description :  American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall - of a strong, confident master of social equilibrium overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. Seymour "Swede" Levov - a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father's Newark glove factory - comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even the most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. With vigorous realism, Roth takes us back to the conflicts and violent transitions of the 1960s. This is a book about loving - and hating - America. It's a book about wanting to belong - and refusing to belong - to America. It sets the desire for an American pastoral - a respectable life of space, calm, order, optimism, and achievement - against the indigenous American Berserk.

2 Portnoy's Complaint

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Religious 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1994-09-20
Description :  <b>The groundbreaking novel that propelled its author to literary stardom: told in a continuous monologue from patient to psychoanalyst, Philip Roth's masterpiece draws us into the turbulent mind of one lust-ridden young Jewish bachelor named Alexander Portnoy.&#xa0;</b><br /><br />Portnoy's Complaint <i>n.</i> [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's "morality," however, neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification, but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of retribution, particularly in the form of castration.' (Spielvogel, O. "The Puzzled Penis," <i>Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse</i>, Vol. XXIV, p. 909.) It is believed by Spielvogel that many of the symptoms can be traced to the bonds obtaining in the mother-child relationship.

3 The Plot Against America

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2004-10-05
Description :  When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize–winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family — and for a million such families all over the country — during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.

4 The Human Stain

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2000-05-10
Description :  It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished his most virulent accuser. Coleman Silk has a secret. But it's not the secret of his affair, at seventy-one, with Faunia Farley, a woman half his age with a savagely wrecked past--a part-time farmhand and a janitor at the college where, until recently, he was the powerful dean of faculty. And it's not the secret of Coleman's alleged racism, which provoked the college witch-hunt that cost him his job and, to his mind, killed his wife. Nor is it the secret of misogyny, despite the best efforts of his ambitious young colleague, Professor Delphine Roux, to expose him as a fiend. Coleman's secret has been kept for fifty years: from his wife, his four children, his colleagues, and his friends, including the writer Nathan Zuckerman, who sets out to understand how this eminent, upright man, esteemed as an educator for nearly all his life, had fabricated his identity and how that cannily controlled life came unraveled. Set in 1990s America, where conflicting moralities and ideological divisions are made manifest through public denunciation and rituals of purification, <i>The Human Stain</i> concludes Philip Roth's eloquent trilogy of postwar American lives that are as tragically determined by the nation's fate as by the "human stain" that so ineradicably marks human nature. This harrowing, deeply compassionate, and completely absorbing novel is a magnificent successor to his Vietnam-era novel, <i>American Pastoral,</i> and his McCarthy-era novel, <i>I Married a Communist.</i>

5 Goodbye, Columbus

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1989-10-18
Description :  National Book Award Winner<br />Philip Roth's brilliant career was launched when the unknown twenty-five-year-old writer won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship for a collection that was to be called <i>Goodbye, Columbus</i>, and which, in turn, captured the 1960 National Book Award. In the famous title story, perhaps the best college love story ever written, Radcliffe-bound Brenda Patimkin initiates Neil Klugman of Newark into a new and unsettling society of sex, leisure, and loss. Over the years, most of the other stories have become classics as well.

6 Indignation

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2008-09-16
Description :  Against the backdrop of the Korean War, a young man faces life’s unimagined chances and terrifying consequences.<br /><br />It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, is beginning his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio’s Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at the local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad -- mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees in every corner for his beloved boy.<br /><br />As the long-suffering, desperately harassed mother tells her son, the father’s fear arises from love and pride. Perhaps, but it produces too much anger in Marcus for him to endure living with his parents any longer. He leaves them and, far from Newark, in the midwestern college, has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.<br /><br />Indignation, Philip Roth’s twenty-ninth book, is a story of inexperience, foolishness, intellectual resistance, sexual discovery, courage, and error. It is a story told with all the inventive energy and wit Roth has at his command, at once a startling departure from the haunted narratives of old age and experience in his recent books and a powerful addition to his investigations of the impact of American history on the life of the vulnerable individual.

7 Nemesis

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2010-10-05
Description :  <b>Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2011</b> <br />In the "stifling heat of equatorial Newark," a terrifying epidemic is raging, threatening the children of the New Jersey city with maiming, paralysis, lifelong disability, and even death. This is the startling theme of Philip Roth’s wrenching new book: a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 and the effect it has on a closely knit, family-oriented Newark community and its children.<br /><br />At the center of <i>Nemesis</i> is a vigorous, dutiful twenty-three-year-old playground director, Bucky Cantor, a javelin thrower and weightlifter, who is devoted to his charges and disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries. Focusing on Cantor’s dilemmas as polio begins to ravage his playground—and on the everyday realities he faces—Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed: the fear, the panic, the anger, the bewilderment, the suffering, and the pain.<br /><br />Moving between the smoldering, malodorous streets of besieged Newark and Indian Hill, a pristine children’s summer camp high in the Poconos—whose "mountain air was purified of all contaminants"—Roth depicts a decent, energetic man with the best intentions struggling in his own private war against the epidemic. Roth is tenderly exact at every point about Cantor’s passage into personal disaster, and no less exact about the condition of childhood.<br /><br />Through this story runs the dark questions that haunt all four of Roth’s late short novels, <i>Everyman, Indignation, The Humbling,</i> and now <i>Nemesis:</i> What kind of accidental choices fatally shape a life? How does the individual withstand the onslaught of circumstance?

8 Sabbath's Theater

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  1995-09-12
Description :  He is relentlessly defiant. He is exceedingly libidinous. His appetite for the outrageous is insatiable. He is Mickey Sabbath, the aging, raging powerhouse whose savage effrontery and mocking audacity are at the heart of Philip Roth's astonishing new novel. Sabbath's Theater tells Mickey's story in the wake of the death of his mistress, an erotic free spirit whose adulterous daring exceeds even his own. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Mickey is now in his mid-sixties and besieged by ghosts - of his mother, his beloved brother, his vanished first wife, his mistress of thirteen years. Bereft and grieving, he embarks on a turbulent journey back into his past, one that brings him to the brink of madness and extinction. But no matter how ardently he courts death, he is too exuberantly alive to succeed at dying. Sabbath's Theater is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. This book presents Philip Roth at the peak of his powers.

9 Everyman

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2006-05-09
Description :  Philip Roth's new novel is a candidly intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The best-selling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong skirmish with mortality.<br /><br />The fate of Roth's everyman is traced from his first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers, through the family trials and professional achievements of his vigorous adulthood, and into his old age, when he is rended by observing the deterioration of his contemporaries and stalked by his own physical woes.<br /><br />A successful commercial artist with a New York ad agency, he is the father of two sons from a first marriage who despise him and a daughter from a second marriage who adores him. He is the beloved brother of a good man whose physical well-being comes to arouse his bitter envy, and he is the lonely ex-husband of three very different women with whom he's made a mess of marriage. In the end he is a man who has become what he does not want to be.<br /><br />The terrain of this powerful novel -- Roth's twenty-seventh book and the fifth to be published in the twenty-first century -- is the human body. Its subject is the common experience that terrifies us all.<br /><br />Everyman takes its title from an anonymous fifteenth-century allegorical play, a classic of early English drama, whose theme is the summoning of the living to death.

10 The Dying Animal

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2001-05-18
Description :  David Kepesh is white-haired and over sixty, an eminent TV culture critic and star lecturer at a New York college, when he meets Consuela Castillo, a decorous, well-mannered student of twenty-four, the daughter of wealthy Cuban exiles, who promptly puts his life into erotic disorder.<br /> Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, when he left his wife and child, Kepesh has experimented with living what he calls an "emancipated manhood," beyond the reach of family or a mate. Over the years he has refined that exuberant decade of protest and license into an orderly life in which he is both unimpeded in the world of eros and studiously devoted to his aesthetic pursuits. But the youth and beauty of Consuela, "a masterpiece of volupté" undo him completely, and a maddening sexual possessiveness transports him to the depths of deforming jealousy. The carefree erotic adventure evolves, over eight years, into a story of grim loss.<br /> What is astonishing is how much of America’s post-sixties sexual landscape is encompassed in THE DYING ANIMAL. Once again, with unmatched facility, Philip Roth entangles the fate of his characters with the social forces that shape our daily lives. And there is no character who can tell us more about the way we live with desire now than David Kepesh, whose previous incarnations as a sexual being were chronicled by Roth in THE BREAST and THE PROFESSOR OF DESIRE.<br /> A work of passionate immediacy as well as a striking exploration of attachment and freedom, THE DYING ANIMAL is intellectually bold, forcefully candid, wholly of our time, and utterly without precedent--a story of sexual discovery told about himself by a man of seventy, a story about the power of eros and the fact of death.

11 The Counterlife

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Religious 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  <i>The Counterlife</i> is a novel unlike any that Philip Roth has written before, a book of astonishing 180-degree turns, a book of conflicting perspectives and points of view, and, by far, Roth's most radical work of fiction.<br /><br /><i>The Counterlife</i> is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Every major character (and most of the minor ones) is investigating, debating, and arguing the possibility of remaking the future.<br />Illuminating these lives in transition and guiding us through all the landscapes, familiar and foreign, where these people are seeking self-transformation, is the mind of the novelist Nathan Zuckerman. His is the skeptical, enveloping intelligence that calculates the price that's paid in the struggle to change personal fortune and to reshape history.<br /><br />Yet his is hardly the only voice. This is a novel in which speaking out with force and lucidity appears to be the imperative of every life. There is Henry, the forty-year-old New Jersey dentist, who risks a quintuple bypass operation in order to escape the coronary medication that renders him sexually impotent. There is Maria, the wellborn young Englishwoman, who invites the disdain of her family by marrying the American she knows will be lease acceptable in Gloucestershire. There is Lippmann, the Israeli settlement leader, who contends that "everything is possible for the Jew if only he does not give ground."<br /><br />The action in <i>The Counterlife</i> ranges from a dentist's office in quiet suburban New Jersey to a genteel dining table in a tradition-bound English village, from a Christmas carol service in London's West End to a Sabbath evening celebration in a tiny desert settlement in Israel's occupied West Bank. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of <i>The Counterlife</i> are tempted unceasingly by the prospect of an alternative existence that can reverse their fate.<br /><br /><i>The Counterlife </i>was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

12 The Professor of Desire

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Religious 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  Philip Roth's <i>The Professor of Desire </i>is the story of an adventurous man of intelligence and feeling trying to make his way to both pleasure <i>and </i>dignity through a world of sensual possibilities. Temptation comes to him in both ordinary and spectacular forms, and the novel charts the history of his desire from the early years, when he accedes to it totally, to the time when he attempts to domesticate his passions (and his wife's) and finally to that most surprising moment when desire ebbs and, frighteningly, seems on the brink of disappearance. The book explores, in all its painful ramifications, the pursuit and loss of erotic happiness.<br /><br />Among the variety of places that comprise this world of sensual possibilities are the mountaintop resort hotel where David Kepesh spends his boyhood, the college in upstate New York where he begins life as a passionate man by describing himself to coeds he hopes to seduce with Lord Byron's dictum, "studious by day, dissolute by night"; a basement flat in London, where he lives with two Swedish girls, one of whom he even thinks fleetingly of turning into a prostitute. Drawing back from all that he comes to recognize as dangerous in himself, he takes up a serious, responsible vocation--as a professor of literature--but then, later, in California, takes up with Helen Baird, a young woman in flight from her own adventurous years in the Far East, which culminated in a narrowly aborted murder plot against her lover's wife. David marries this woman whom he thinks of as a "heroine," courageous in her sensual abandon as well as in her renunciations. The marriage, always at cross purposes, ends in disaster. Back now in New York City, Kepesh falls into a state of spiritual despair and physical impotence over the unhappiness he has caused himself and others. In his small sublet apartment he entertains his aging parents, who are puzzled by the course their only son's personal life has taken. While a persistent homosexual stranger conducts a ridiculous siege outside the door, and a champion womanizer attempts to reconvert him to satyrism, David himself wonders about his future as a lover of anyone. Then he meets Claire Ovington, a loving and orderly young teacher, "the most extraordinary ordinary person I've ever met." While in Europe on a romantic holiday, they travel to Kafka's grave in Prague, and afterwards, asleep in his mistress's arms, David dreams of a bizarre encounter with "Kafka's whore."<br /><br />Finally, in a rented Catskill house not far from the resort hotel where he was raised, David and Claire spend an idyllic summer, seemingly blessed by permanence and love. Kepesh's widowed father arrives for Labor Day weekend, with his friend, a concentration-camp survivor who has become old Mr. Kepesh's dearest companion. Their presence reinforces David's growing sense of the fragility of all existence, and in the last third of this novel--in a long conclusion that may be as moving as anything in contemporary fiction--Roth brings together all the strands of Kepesh's story in final scenes that are distinguished by an incomparably elegiac tone.

13 When She Was Good

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Family  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1995-01-31
Description :  In this funny and chilling novel, the setting is a small town in the 1940s Midwest, and the subject is the heart of a wounded and ferociously moralistic young woman, one of those implacable American moralists whose "goodness" is a terrible disease. <br /><br />When she was still a child, Lucy Nelson had her alcoholic failure of a father thrown in jail. Ever since then she has been trying to reform the men around her, even if that ultimately means destroying herself in the process. With his unerring portraits of Lucy and her hapless, childlike husband, Roy, Roth has created an uncompromising work of fictional realism, a vision of provincial American piety, yearning, and discontent that is at once pitiless and compassionate.

14 The Humbling

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2009-11-02
Description :  Everything is over for Simon Axler, the protagonist of Philip Roth’s startling new book. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his sixties, he has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His Falstaff and Peer Gynt and Vanya, all his great roles, "are melted into air, into thin air." When he goes onstage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot. His confidence in his powers has drained away; he imagines people laughing at him; he can no longer pretend to be someone else. "Something fundamental has vanished." His wife has gone, his audience has left him, his agent can’t persuade him to make a comeback.<br /><br />Into this shattering account of inexplicable and terrifying self-evacuation bursts a counterplot of unusual erotic desire, a consolation for a bereft life so risky and aberrant that it points not toward comfort and gratification but to a yet darker and more shocking end. In this long day’s journey into night, told with Roth’s inimitable urgency, bravura, and gravity, all the ways that we convince ourselves of our solidity, all our life’s performances—talent, love, sex, hope, energy, reputation—are stripped off.<br /><br /><i>The Humbling</i> is Roth’s thirtieth book.

15 The Anatomy Lesson

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Religious 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  The writer Nathan Zukerman comes down with a mysterious physical affliction--pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso and taking possession of his life. Zukerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line. Now his work is trekking from one doctor to the next--from orthopedist to osteopath to neurologist to psychiatrist--but none can find a cause for the pain and nobody can assuage it.<br /><br />So begins Philip Roth's strangely comic new novel, <i>The Anatomy Lesson</i>. In it, we find Nathan Zukerman beset at age forty not only by his pain but by his past. He seriously wonders if he ought to be a novelist at all. At his wit's end, bewildered by both the obstinate pain and the isolating profession, and unconsolable by his "harem of Florence Nightingales"--Gloria, his accountant's wildly mothering wife; Jaga, the depressed Polish refuge from the hair-treatment clinic (to add to his suffering, Zukerman is going bald); Diana, the distressingly self-possessed Finch College heiress; and the temptingly levelheaded painter Jenny--Zukerman tries to pin his catastrophe on some source he can confront.<br /><br />There is no shortage of candidates. Zukerman's brother blames his acerbic best-seller <i>Carnovsky,</i> for ruining the lives of their late parents, and will have nothing to do with him. There's the critic Milton Appel, once Zuckerman's literary conscience, now his scourge--the Grand Inquisitor of <i>Inquiry</i> magazine, the New York Jewish cultural monthly. Searching desperately for a diagnosis that will lead to a cure, Zuckerman asks himself if the pain can have been caused by his adversaries, or by his astonishingly intractable grief for his mother, or by the disgust he has come to feel for the literary vocation he once loved. And while he is wondering, his dependence on painkillers grows into an addiction to Percodan, marijuana, and hundred-proof vodka.<br /><br />In the last half of <i>The Anatomy Lesson,</i> Zuckerman breaks out of invalid imprisonment in his Manhattan apartment and sets off on a journey to escape the pain, the adversaries, the grief, and the career--a journey into a new existence, a search for a "second life." Persuaded that a doctor's life is everything a writer's is not, Zuckerman flies to Chicago with the intention of applying to medical school at his alma mater. Though the pain he encounters there is worse even than what he's fled, the startling quest for the second life provides some of the funniest scenes in all of Roth's fiction.<br /><br />With the serious playfulness and extravagant insistence characteristic of his work, Roth, in his fourteenth published book, presents an astonishing antithesis to <i>The Magic Mountain: The Anatomy Lesson</i> is a great <i>comedy</i> of illness. Roth's strength has always been the ability to depict the boisterous, the farcical, and the extreme in human behavior while revealing at the same time a world that immediately strikes the reader as real--what the English critic Hermione Lee has called, in writing of Roth's career, "a manner at once...brash and thoughtful...lyrical and wry, which projects through comic expostulations and confessions of the speakers a knowing, humane authority." <i>The Anatomy Lesson</i> is one of Roth's finest achievements in this vein--a comic masterpiece and brilliant finale to the Zuckerman trilogy.<br /><br /><i>The Anatomy Lesson</i> was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

16 Operation Shylock

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-12-26
Description :  What if a lookalike stranger stole your name, usurped your biography and went around the world pretending to be you? In this tour de force of fact and fiction, Philip Roth meets a man who may or may not be Philip Roth. Because someone with that name has been touring the State of Israel, promoting a bizarre exodus in reverse of the Jews. Roth decides to stop him—even if that means impersonating his impersonator. Suspenseful, hilarious, hugely impassioned, pulsing with intelligence and narrative energy, <i>Operation Shylock</i> is at once a spy story, a political thriller, a meditation on identity, and a confession. <br /> Like Pushkin and Dostoevsky before him, Philip Roth takes on the subject of the writer’s double, which for Roth is inevitably bound up in Jewishness and identity. This is a bold, inventive and energetic departure from his past novels, a meta-novel, and, like all of his writing, full of ideas, wit, humor and startling observation.

17 I Married a Communist

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1998-10-22
Description :  Radio actor Iron Rinn (born Ira Ringold) is a big Newark roughneck blighted by a brutal personal secret from which he is perpetually in flight. An idealistic Communist, a self-educated ditchdigger turned popular performer, a six-foot six-inch Abe Lincoln look-alike, he marries the nation's reigning radio actress and beloved silent-film star, the exquisite Eve Frame (born Chava Fromkin). Their marriage evolves from a glamorous, romantic idyll into a dispiriting soap opera of tears and treachery. And with Eve's dramatic revelation to the gossip columnist Bryden Grant of her husband's life of "espionage" for the Soviet Union, the relationship enlarges from private drama into national scandal. Set in the heart of the McCarthy era, the story of Iron Rinn's denunciation and disgrace brings to harrowing life the human drama that was central to the nation's political tribulations in the dark years of betrayal, the blacklist, and naming names. I Married a Communist is an American tragedy as only Philip Roth could write it.

18 Letting Go

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Religious  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary  Classics 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1997-09-02
Description :  <b>Letting Go</b> is Roth's first full-length novel, published just after <b>Goodbye, Columbus</b>, when he was twenty-nine. Set in 1950s Chicago, New York, and Iowa city, <b>Letting Go</b> presents as brilliant a fictional portrait as we have of a mid-century America defined by social and ethical constraints and by moral compulsions conspicuously different from those of today.<br /><br />Newly discharged from the Korean War army, reeling from his mother's recent death, freed from old attachments and hungrily seeking others, Gabe Wallach is drawn to Paul Herz, a fellow graduate student in literature, and to Libby, Paul's moody, intense wife. Gabe's desire to be connected to the ordered "world of feeling" that he finds in books is first tested vicariously by the anarchy of the Herzes' struggles with responsible adulthood and then by his own eager love affairs. Driven by the desire to live seriously and act generously, Gabe meets an impassable test in the person of Martha Reganhart, a spirited, outspoken, divorced mother of two, a formidable woman who, according to critic James Atlas, is masterfully portrayed with "depth and resonance."<br /><br />The complex liason between Gabe and Martha and Gabe's moral enthusiasm for the trials of others are at the heart of this tragically comic work.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

19 The Great American Novel

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Religious 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  Gil Gamesh is the only pitcher who ever tried to kill the umpire, and John Baal, The Babe Ruth of the Big House, never hit a home run sober. But you've never heard of them -- or of the Ruppert Mundys, the only homeless big-league ball team in American history -- because of the communist plot and the capitalist scandal that expunged the entire Patriot League from baseball memory.<br /><br />Philip Roth's richly imagined satiric narrative, <i>The Great American Novel, </i>turns baseball's status as national pastime and myth into an unfettered farce featuring heroism and perfidy, lively wordplay and a cast of characters that includes the House Un-American Activities Committee.

20 O Complexo de Portnoy

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-06-22
Description :  Esta é a famosa confissão de Alexander Portnoy, impelido ao longo da vida por uma sexualidade insaciável, mas ao mesmo tempo refreado pela mão de ferro de uma infância inesquecível. «Um monólogo hilariante que já enriqueceu a literatura americana com um novo protótipo... Quem guarde alguma memória do mistério insondável e da farsa humilhante que é crescer irá achar este livro de leitura compulsiva.

21 Némesis

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2011-10-20
Description :  <b>Una novela extraordinaria donde Philip Roth vuelve a sorprendernos a través de una epidemia.</b><br /><br />En el «calor sofocante de la Newark ecuatorial» una espantosa epidemia causa estragos y amenaza con dejar a los niños de la ciudad de Nueva Jersey mutilados, paralizados o minusválidos, e incluso con matarlos. Este es el sorprendente tema de la nueva y desgarradora obra de Roth: una epidemia de polio que tiene lugar en un tiempo de guerra, el verano de 1944, y sus efectos sobre la comunidad de Newark, regida por la cohesión y los valores de la familia, y sobre sus niños.<br /><br />El protagonista de <i>Némesis</i> es Bucky Cantor, un joven responsable de las actividades al aire libre de los alumnos de una escuela, que vive volcado en ellos y frustrado por no haber podido ir a la guerra con sus coetáneos a causa de un defecto de visión. Cuando la polio empieza a asolar el patio de recreo, Roth se concentra en los dilemas de Cantor y en las emociones que una epidemia semejante puede engendrar: el miedo, la cólera, el desconcierto, el sufrimiento y el dolor<br /><br />En esta novela volvemos a encontrar el sombrío interrogante que recorre las últimas cuatro novelas de Roth, <i>Elegía, Indignación, La humillación</i> y ahora <i>Némesis:</i> ¿qué decisiones determinan fatalmente la vida? ¿Hasta qué punto somos impotentes ante las circunstancias?<br /><br /><b>Reseñas:</b><br />«Perfectamente construida y con un audaz giro al final.»<br />J. M. Coetzee<br /><br />«La novela de Roth tiene la elegancia de una fábula y la inevitable dosis trágica de un drama griego.»<br /><i>The New Yorker</i>

22 Indignación

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <b>Una historia íntima de inexperiencia, imprudencias, resistencia intelectual, descubrimientos sexuales, coraje y terror de la mano del genio de la literatura americana Philip Roth.</b><br /><br />Corre 1951, el segundo año de la guerra de Corea. Marcus Messner, de Newark, Nueva Jersey, comienza su segundo curso en la bucólica y conservadora Universidad de Winesburg, en Ohio. ¿Por qué está ahí? Porque su padre, un esforzado carnicero de barrio, parece haber perdido el juicio, loco de temor y aprensión ante los peligros de la vida adulta, los peligros del mundo, los peligros que en cada esquina acechan a su amado hijo.<br /><br /><i>Indignación</i>, relato de la formación de un joven en los tremendos riesgos y los extraños obstáculos de la vida, se suma a las agudas exploraciones de Roth sobre el impacto de la historia norteamericana en la vida del vulnerable individuo aislado<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«Indignación es el mejor libro de Roth desde La contravida.»<br /><b>John Banville</b>

23 La mancha humana

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <b>El sueño americano se tambalea peligrosamente.</b><br /> <br /><b>Una novela que nos lleva a las profundidades de la pirotecnia social norteamericana a través de la escritura veloz y magistral de Philip Roth.</b><br /><br /><b>En el verano de 1998</b>, el doble azote del puritanismo y la corrección política recorre Estados Unidos a causa del escándalo Lewinski.<br /><br />Coleman Silk, un viejo catedrático de una pequeña universidad de Nueva Inglaterra, se ve obligado a jubilarse cuando sus colegas lo acusan de racista. Lo asombroso del dictamen es que la verdad sobre Silk podría acallar hasta al más virulento de sus detractores. Su secreto, escondido durante cincuenta años a esposa, familiares y amigos, servirá al escritor Nathan Zuckerman para reconstruir la biografía desconocida de Silk y entender cómo puede llegar a desenmarañarse una ficción de vida tan ingeniosamente armada.<br /><br /><b>La crítica ha dicho...</b><br />«Probablemente la mejor obra de su carrera. Una tragedia moderna.»<br /><i>Chicago Sun-Times</i><br /><br />«En la literatura americana actual, está Philip Roth y, luego, todos los demás.»<br /><i>Chicago Tribune</i><br /><br />«Es una maravillosa historia donde coexisten el coraje y la decadencia, la mentira y el pundonor, la necesidad y el fracaso.»<br />José María Guelbenzu, <i>Babelia</i><br /><br />«Roth está aquí en el apogeo de sus habilidades creativas.»<br /><i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /><br />«La mancha humana es un libro fascinante y a menudo hermoso.»<br />Lorrie Moore, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />«Una maravilla de empatía creativa, generosidad y tacto.»<br /><i>Kirkus Reviews</i><br /><br />«<i>La mancha humana</i> participa de las mejores virtudes de la narrativa norteamericana.»<br />Darío Villanueva, <i>El Cultural</i>

24 Exit Ghost

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2007-10-01
Description :  Like Rip Van Winkle returning to his hometown to find that all has changed, Nathan Zuckerman comes back to New York, the city he left eleven years before. Alone on his New England mountain, Zuckerman has been nothing but a writer: no voices, no media, no terrorist threats, no women, no news, no tasks other than his work and the enduring of old age.<br /><br />Walking the streets like a revenant, he quickly makes three connections that explode his carefully protected solitude. One is with a young couple with whom, in a rash moment, he offers to swap homes. They will flee post-9/11 Manhattan for his country refuge, and he will return to city life. But from the time he meets them, Zuckerman also wants to swap his solitude for the erotic challenge of the young woman, Jamie, whose allure draws him back to all that he thought he had left behind: intimacy, the vibrant play of heart and body.<br /><br />The second connection is with a figure from Zuckerman’s youth, Amy Bellette, companion and muse to Zuckerman’s first literary hero, E. I. Lonoff. The once irresistible Amy is now an old woman depleted by illness, guarding the memory of that grandly austere American writer who showed Nathan the solitary path to a writing vocation.<br /><br />The third connection is with Lonoff’s would-be biographer, a young literary hound who will do and say nearly anything to get to Lonoff’s “great secret.” Suddenly involved, as he never wanted or intended to be involved again, with love, mourning, desire, and animosity, Zuckerman plays out an interior drama of vivid and poignant possibilities.<br /><br />Haunted by Roth’s earlier work The Ghost Writer, Exit Ghost is an amazing leap into yet another phase in this great writer’s insatiable commitment to fiction.

25 El mal de Portnoy

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-07-04
Description :  <i><b>El mal de Portnoy</b></i><b>, escrita en tono subversivo y directo, es un monólogo de un joven soltero judío que se confiesa con su psicoanalista en un lenguaje «íntimo, detallado y abusivo».</b><br /><br />Portnoy, mal de [llamado así por Alexander Portnoy (1933- )]: trastorno en el que los impulsos altruistas y morales se experimentan con mucha intensidad, pero se hallan en perpetua guerra con el deseo sexual más extremado y, en ocasiones, perverso.<br /><br />Al respecto dice Spielvogel: «Abundan los actos de exhibicionismo, voyeurismo, fetichismo y autoerotismo, así como el coito oral; no obstante, y como consecuencia de la "moral" del paciente, ni la fantasía ni el acto resultan en una auténtica gratificación sexual, sino en otro tipo de sentimientos, que se imponen a todos los demás: la vergüenza y el temor al castigo, sobre todo en forma de castración» (Spielvogel, O., «El pene confuso», <i>Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse</i>, vol. XXIV, p. 909). Spielvogel considera que estos síntomas pueden remontarse a los vínculos que hayan prevalecido en la relación madre-hijo.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«Roth es el escritor más valiente de Estados Unidos. Es moralmente valiente, políticamente valiente. Y Portnoy es parte de esa valentía.»<br />Cynthia Ozick

26 El animal moribundo

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <b>Sólo el sexo y el fulgor de la belleza sirven para luchar contra el destino.</b><br /> <br /><b>Una de las novelas más penetrantes y abrasivas de Philip Roth, llevada a la gran pantalla por Isabel Coixet.</b><br /><br /><i>«No importa cuánto sepas, no importa cuánto pienses, no importa cuánto maquines, finjas y planees, no estás por encima del sexo.»</i><br /><br />Así habla David Kepesh, reputado crítico cultural, profesor estrella de una universidad neoyorquina y también elocuente defensor de la revolución sexual. Hace décadas que se ha acostumbrado a acostarse con alumnas y a la vez mantener la distancia crítica de un esteta. Pero ahora esa distancia ha sido aniquilada.<br /><br />La responsable del desmoronamiento de Kepesh es Consuelo Castillo, una mujer de veinticuatro años, hija de ricos exiliados cubanos, de modales refinados y humillantemente bella. Cuando Kepesh, de sesenta y dos, la convierte en su nueva conquista, se ve arrastrado inesperadamente al oscuro lodazal de los celos y el miedo a perderla.<br /><br />En el retrato de esta caída, Philip Roth demuestra una extraordinaria versatilidad al explorar temas como la sexualidad y la muerte, el libertinaje y la represión, el egoísmo y el sacrificio. <i>El animal moribundo</i> es un libro abrasivo, lleno de fuego intelectual y no exento de peligros.<br /><br /><b>La crítica ha dicho...</b><br />«Una pequeña y perturbadora obra maestra.»<br />David Lodge, <i>The New York Review of Books</i><br /><br />«La mejor novela que he leído en todo el año. Rica, compleja, inmensamente provocadora.»<br />John Preston,<i> The Sunday Telegraph</i>

27 El oficio

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Essays  Nonfiction 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <b>La historia, la religión, el impulso creador. Un gran escritor y sus diálogos con grandes escritores.</b><br /><br /><b>Una conversación</b> en Turín con Primo Levi. Otra en Jerusalén con Aarón Applefeld. Otra en Praga con Ivan Kílma. Dos con Milan Kundera en Conneticut y Londres. <b>Un encuentro</b> con Isaac Bashevis Singer en Nueva York para hablar sobre Bruno Schulz. <b>Un viaje</b> a Londres para charlar con Edna O'Brien. <b>Dos retratos:</b> Bernard Malamud y Philip Guston. <b>Y una relectura:</b> Saul Bellow.<br /><br />Todo esto compone <i>El oficio: un escritor, sus colegas y sus obras</i> (2001), un libro en el que Roth reflexiona, acompañado por grandes figuras de la literatura, sobre la religión, la política, la sexualidad, la supervivencia, el exilio... Sobre cómo sus vidas se asoman a su literatura. Sobre cómo su literatura recibe la influencia de la sociedad en la que viven.<br /><br />El lector asistirá a través de sus páginas a una lección magistral de uno de los escritores más relevantes de la literatura actual.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«Roth se las arregla para sacar de sus interlocutores las convicciones que alimentan sus obras y las vulnerabilidades que los hacen humanos... Una muestra más de la claridad de su proyecto y su singular inteligencia.»<br /><i>The New York Times Book Review</i>

28 Our Gang

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2001-05-29
Description :  A ferocious political satire in the great tradition, <b>Our Gang</b><i> </i>is Philip Roth’s brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M. Nixon.<br /><br />In the character of Trick E. Dixon, Roth shows us a man who outdoes the severest cynic, a peace-loving Quaker and believer in the sanctity of human life who doesn’t have a problem with killing unarmed women and children in self-defense. A master politician with an honest sneer, he finds himself battling the Boy Scouts, declaring war on Pro-Pornography Denmark, all the time trusting in the basic indifference of the voting public.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

29 Pastorale americana

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2012-11-27
Description :  Seymour Levov è un ricco americano di successo: al liceo lo chiamano «lo Svedese». Ciò che pare attenderlo negli anni Cinquanta è una vita di successi professionali e gioie familiari. Finché le contraddizioni del conflitto in Vietnam non coinvolgono anche lui e l'adorata figlia Merry, decisa a portare la guerra in casa, letteralmente. Un libro sull'amore e sull'odio per l'America, sul desiderio di appartenere a un sogno di pace, prosperità e ordine, sul rifiuto dell'ipocrisia e della falsità celate in quello stesso sogno.

30 Goodbye, Columbus

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-07-04
Description :  <b>Una novela breve y cinco relatos sobre la vida de los judíos en Estados Unidos: el primer libro publicado por Philip Roth.</b><br /><br /><i>Goodbye, Columbus</i> es la historia de Neil Klugman y la hermosa y espiritual Brenda Patimkin. Él es del Newark pobre, ella es del suburbio <i>high class</i> de Short Hills. Su encuentro en unas vacaciones de verano y su affaire posterior nos hablan de las clases sociales, la sospecha y el amor.<br /><br />Acompañan a esta novela breve cinco relatos que iluminan los conflictos internos entre padres e hijos, amigos y vecinos, en la diáspora de los judíos americanos.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«A diferencia de quienes llegamos a este mundo ciegos y desnudos y llorando, el señor Roth ha nacido ya con uñas, con pelo, con dientes, y hablando a la perfección. Posee talento, posee ingenio, está lleno de fuerza y se desempeña como un virtuoso.»<br />Saul Bellow

31 The Prague Orgy

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Religious 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  The Prague Orgy takes the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman on a quixotic journey to search for the stories of an unknown Yiddish writer. The entries from Zuckermans notebooks are rich with comedy and dense with observation, detailing his relationship with the oppressed artists of communist Prague. In his bizarre adventures with the citys outcast writers, he discovers a perverse but appealing heroism.<br /><i></i><br /><i>The Prague Orgy</i> is a startling conclusion to Philip Roths intricately designed magnum opus, <i>Zuckerman Bound</i>.

32 La humillación

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <b>La nueva novela de Philip Roth: otro acontecimiento editorial de primer orden.</b><br /><br />Para Simon Axler, uno de los principales actores teatrales norteamericanos, <b>todo ha terminado</b>. Ya sexagenario, ha perdido su magia, su talento y la seguridad en sí mismo. Imagina que la gente se ríe de él, no puede fingir que es otra persona. Su mujer se ha ido, su público le ha abandonado, su agente no puede persuadirle de que vuelva a actuar.<br /><br />De repente, estalla otra trama: un deseo erótico fuera de lo corriente que sirve de consuelo a su vida desposeída, pero que es tan arriesgado y aberrante que no apunta hacia el alivio y la gratificación, sino a un final aún más sombrío y espantoso.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«Obliga a los lectores a adentrarse en regiones sumamente oscuras de la experiencia humana.»<br /><i>El País</i>

33 Patrimonio

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-09-05
Description :  Una historia conmovedora sobre la lucha de Herman Roth, padre del escritor, contra un tumor cerebral <br /><br />Un agente de seguros jubilado, un hombre que fuera fuerte, lleno de genio y de encanto, lucha a sus ochenta y seis años contra un tumor cerebral. Este hombre es Herman, el mejor personaje creado por Philip Roth. Su padre. <i>Patrimonio. Una historia verdadera</i> no es solo un portentoso acto de honestidad y sensibilidad, que habla de la vulnerabilidad del amor, de la relación padre e hijo, y de la muerte y el miedo que nos produce, sino un canto a la tenacidad del superviviente, al testarudo compromiso de Herman Roth con la vida. Su patrimonio.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br /><br />«<i>Patrimonio</i> es una deuda de amor y un acto de entendimiento. No se puede hacer más corta la Muerte.»<br /><br />José María Guelbenzu, <i>Babelia</i>

34 La conjura contra América

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <b>Una obra magistral que parte de un hecho histórico para adentrarse de lleno en la historia con letra minúscula.</b><br /> <br /><b>Una de las novelas imprescindibles del autor estadounidense.</b><br /><br />Cuando el renombrado héroe de la aviación y fanático aislacionista Charles A. Lindbergh obtuvo una victoria aplastante sobre Franklin Roosevelt en las elecciones presidenciales de 1940, el miedo invadió todos los hogares judíos de Norteamérica. Lindbergh no sólo había culpado públicamente a los judíos de empujar al país hacia una guerra absurda con la Alemania nazi, en un discurso transmitido por radio a toda la nación, sino que, tras acceder al cargo como trigésimo tercer presidente de los Estados Unidos, negoció un «acuerdo» cordial con Adolf Hitler, cuyas conquista de Europa y virulenta política antisemita pareció aceptar sin dificultad.<br /><br />Lo que entonces sucedió en Norteamérica es el marco histórico de este nuevo y sorprendente libro de Philip Roth, ganador del premio Pulitzer, quien nos cuenta cómo le fue a su familia en Newark, así como a un millón de familias similares en todo el país, durante los amenazantes años de la presidencia de Lindbergh, cuando los ciudadanos norteamericanos que eran judíos tenían todas las razones para esperar lo peor.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«Admirable la audacia del autor; admirable la ejecución de la obra.»<br />José María Guelbenzu, <i>Babelia, El País</i>

35 Ho sposato un comunista

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-11-27
Description :  Negli anni Cinquanta Iron Rinn, attore radiofonico e attivista sindacale, sposa Eve Frame, una bella e ricca ex diva del cinema muto. Lui è di estrazione proletaria, lei ha pretese snobistiche, e il matrimonio è destinato a fallire. Cosí, quando Eve rivela a un giornale che suo marito è una spia dell'Unione Sovietica, il dramma privato diventa scandalo nazionale. Una storia di crudeltà, umiliazione, tradimento e vendetta. Un altro indimenticabile capitolo del grande affresco di Philip Roth sulla storia degli Stati Uniti.

36 Reading Myself and Others

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  The interviews, essays, and articles collected here span a quarter century of Philip Roth's distinguished career and "reveal [a] preoccupation with the relationship between the written and the unwritten world." Here is Roth on himself and his work and the controversies it has engendered. Here too are Roth's writings on the Eastern European writers he has always championed; and on baseball, American fiction, and American Jews. The essential collection of nonfiction by a true American master, <i>Reading Myself and Others</i> features his long interview with <i>The </i><i>Paris Review</i>.

37 The Facts

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-02
Description :  A rigorously unfictionalized narrative that portrays Roth unadorned -- as young artist, as student , as son, as lover, as husband, as American, as Jew -- and candidly examines how close the novels have been to, and how far from, autobiography.

38 El teatro de Sabbath

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <b>Una novela cómica de proporciones épicas en la que Mickey Sabbath, eterno adolescente casi al borde de la jubilación, es un héroe digno de Rabelais.</b><br /><br />Mickey Sabbath es un eterno adolescente casi al borde de la jubilación, un ex titiritero imaginativo, genial y libidinoso como el que más.<br /><br />Tras la muerte de su amante de toda la vida, decide hacer balance y se embarca en un turbulento viaje hacia el pasado. Pero cuando quiere escapar del cerco de los fantasmas de quienes más le amaron -y odiaron-, se suceden varios desastres absurdos que casi acabarán con su vida.<br /><br /><b>Reseñas:</b><br />«Philip Roth es un gran historiador del erotismo moderno, infinitamente vulnerable en su sinceridad e infinitamente escurridizo en su ironía.»<br />Milan Kudera<br /><br />«Una novela divertida y profunda. Es el poder de la escritura llevado a su máxima expresión.»<br /><i>The New York Times Book Review</i>

39 Philip Roth at 80: A Celebration

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary Criticism  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2014-10-14
Description :  On March 19, 2013, a distinguished group of writers and critics gathered at the Newark Museum’s Billy Johnson Auditorium in Newark, New Jersey, to celebrate the extraordinary career and lasting literary legacy of Philip Roth on the occasion of his 80th birthday. This keepsake volume gathers remarks from the evening’s speakers, a fitting tribute to the only living novelist whose work is collected in the Library of America series. Here you’ll find Jonathan Lethem, hilariously recounting his first consciousness-raising encounter with Roth’s work through the Kafkaesque novel The Breast; Hermione Lee, tracing the Shakespearian themes in Roth’s books, from Portnoy’s Complaint to The Humbling; Alain Finkielkraut, offering a deep reading of Roth’s final novel, Nemesis; Claudia Roth Pierpont, assessing Roth’s portrayal of women in such books as Sabbath’s Theater and The Human Stain; Edna O’Brien, recalling her long friendship with Roth; and the author himself, offering a quintessentially Rothian valediction.

40 Zuckerman encadenado

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-07-04
Description :  <b>Reunidas en un solo volumen las tres primeras novelas protagonizadas por Nathan Zuckerman y, como epílogo, una pieza genial: <i>La orgía de Praga</i>.</b><br /><br />Este volumen reúne las tres primeras novelas -y una <i>nouvelle</i>- protagonizadas por Nathan Zuckerman ­<i>La visita al maestro</i> <b>(1979)</b>, <i>Zuckerman desencadenado</i> <b>(1981)</b> y <i>La lección de anatomía </i><b>(1983)</b>­, el álter ego de Philip Roth.<br /><br />En <i>La visita al maestro</i>, un joven Zuckerman en los inicios de su carrera visita a su mentor en Nueva Inglaterra y se enamora de una mujer que cree identificar con la mismísima Ana Frank.<br /><br /><i>Zuckerman desencadenado </i>es una divertida parodia sobre los riesgos de la fama, mientras que <i>La lección de anatomía</i> cuenta la divertida y triste historia de un Zuckerman en plena crisis vital y creativa.<br /><br />Y al fin, en <i>La orgía de Praga</i>, viajamos con él a la ciudad ocupada por los soviéticos enbusca del manuscrito inédito de un misterioso escritor judío.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«El mejor Roth.»<br /><i>The New York Times Book Review</i>

41 Shop Talk

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2001-09-25
Description :  <b>The legendary author’s essays and interviews explore how fellow writers from Milan Kundera to Edna O’Brien are influenced by time, place, and politics.</b><br /><br /> Writers are often deeply influenced by the time and place in which they live and write. In <i>Shop Talk</i>, Philip Roth, winner of a National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize, and numerous other literary honors, explores the intimate relationship a writer’s experience has with his or her work.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In a series of essays, Roth recounts his intellectual encounters with writers, discussing with them the diverse regions from which they hail and pondering the influence of locale, politics, and history on their work. Featuring luminaries such as Milan Kundera discussing Czechoslovakia; Primo Levi talking about Auschwitz; Edna O’Brien reflecting on Ireland; Isaac Bashevis Singer tackling Warsaw; Aharon Appelfeld on Bukovina; and Ivan Klíma on Prague, Roth’s conversations touch on the conditions that inspire great art, with artists as attuned to the subtleties of their societies as they are the nuances of words.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Also including a portrait of Bernard Malamud, a written exchange with Mary McCarthy about Roth’s <i>The Counterlife</i>, and the essay “Rereading Saul Bellow,” <i>Shop Talk </i>is a “fascinating [glimpse] of some of the deans of postwar literature” (<i>Los Angeles Times Book Review</i>).<br /><br /> Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for <i>American Pastoral </i>in 1997. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He has twice won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2005 <i>The Plot Against America</i> received the Society of American Historians’ prize for “the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003–2004” and the W. H. Smith Award for the Best Book of the Year, making Roth the first writer in the forty-six-year history of the prize to win it twice. In 2005 Roth became the third living American writer to have his works published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize. In 2012 Roth won Spain’s highest honor, the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, and in 2013 he received France’s highest honor, Commander of the Legion of Honor.

42 Philip Roth at 80: A Celebration

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2014-10-17
Description :  On March 19, 2013, a distinguished group of writers and critics gathered at the Newark Museum's Billy Johnson Auditorium in Newark, New Jersey, to celebrate the extraordinary career and lasting literary legacy of Philip Roth on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Now, The LIbrary of America presents this special commemorative volume gathering remarks from the evening's speakers, including Roth, a fitting tribute to the only living novelist whose work is collected in the Library of America series. Here, presented in the order of the evening's program, is Jonathan Lethem, hilariously recounting his first consciousness-raising encounter with Roth's work through the Kafkaesque novel <i>The Breast</i>; Hermione Lee, tracing the Shakespearian themes in Roth's books, from <i>Portnoy's Complaint </i>to <i>The Humbling</i>; Alain Finkielkraut, offering a deep reading of Roth's final novel, <i>Nemesis</i>; Claudia Roth Pierpont, assessing Roth's portrayal of women in such books as <i>Sabbath's Theater</i> and <i>The Human Stain</i>; Edna O'Brien, recalling her long friendship with Roth; and the author himself, offering a quintessentially Rothian valediction.

43 Las némesis

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-11-06
Description :  <b>Por primera vez en un solo volumen, el ciclo de cuatro novelas imprescindibles, sobre el miedo y la mortalidad, en las que Philip Roth se confirma como uno de los grandes escritores de este siglo, merecedor, entre otras distinciones, de los premios Pulitzer y Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras 2012.</b><br /><br /><b>¿Qué tipo de decisiones determinan fatalmente una vida? ¿Cómo el individuo resiste la arremetida de las circunstancias? </b><br /><br />Estos son algunos de los aciagos interrogantes que animan Las Némesis, el cuarteto de novelas cortas temáticamente relacionadas que publicamos por primera vez en España en un solo volumen.<br /><br /><i><b>Elegía </b></i>(2006) es una historia íntima y universal que trata sobre la lucha crónica de un hombre contra la muerte.<br /><br /><i><b>Indignación</b></i> (2008) es el extraordinario relato sobre un joven que se opone al conformismo de la América de la era McCarthy y el temor atroz de su padre ante los peligros del mundo.<br /><br />En <i><b>La humillación </b></i>(2009), el consagrado actor Simon Axler se embarca en una relación aberrante y arriesgada, en un desesperado intento por recuperar la magia y el talento perdidos.<br /><br />Y en <i><b>Némesis</b> </i>(2010), Roth nos ofrece un retrato de las emociones -el miedo, la cólera, el desconcierto, el sufrimiento y el dolor- que afloran a raíz de una epidemia de polio que asola la comunidad de Newark durante el verano de 1944.

44 Lecturas de mí mismo

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Essays  Nonfiction 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2011-10-20
Description :  <b>Recopilación de artículos de Philip Roth.</b><br /><br />Las entrevistas, ensayos y artículos reunidos en este volumen cubren un cuarto de siglo de la distinguida carrera del autor norteamericano. Roth habla de sí mismo, de su obra y de las controversias que ha engendrado.<br /><br />Estas páginas también contienen sus escritos sobre los autores de Europa oriental por los que siempre ha abogado, sobre béisbol, la narrativa norteamericana y los judíos estadounidenses.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«Un mapa certero y detallado de la poética de Roth, de sus ideas literarias y de los procesos y circunstancias de la composición de sus obras más significativas.»<br />Javier Aparicio Maydeu, <i>Babelia, El País</i>

45 Me casé con un comunista

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <i><b>Me casé con un comunista</b></i><b> es la denuncia del maccarthysmo como «primera floración de posguerra de la irreflexión norteamericana que ahora se evidencia por todas partes».</b><br /><br />Entre el sonado entierro del canario del señor Russomanno y el funeral de Nixon, el profesor Murray Ringold ha vivido los noventa años de su existencia. El escritor Nathan Zuckerman se lo encuentra poco antes de morir y, gracias a unas largas charlas que se prolongan durante seis noches, Nathan conocerá la verdadera personalidad del que fue su ídolo en la adolescencia.<br /><br /><i>Me casé con un comunista</i> es una denuncia del maccarthysmo, la sed de poder y la deslealtad que, por escudarse en la patria, se convierte en un pecado menor.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«Los idealismos e hipocresías de la posguerra han sido resucitados de manera brillante.»<br /><i>The New York Review of Books</i>

46 Mi vida como hombre

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <b>Una novela devastadora sobre el equívoco que sustenta las relaciones entre hombres y mujeres.</b><br /><br />Una novela dentro de otra novela, un laberíntico edificio narrativo lleno de lúgubres y clarificadoras meditaciones sobre el fatal <i>impass</i><i> </i>entre un hombre y una mujer.<br /><br /><i>Mi vida como hombre</i> (1974) es la novela más devastadora de Philip Roth, llena de reflexiones sobre la necesidad sexual y la ceguera; una tragedia sin concesiones a la altura de Strindberg.

47 Elegía

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-10-13
Description :  <b>Philip Roth nos introduce en una historia íntima y universal sobre la pérdida, el arrepentimiento y el estoicismo.</b><br /><br />El autor de <i>La conjura contra América </i>desvía ahora su atención hacia la lucha crónica de un hombre contra la mortalidad. El destino del protagonista de la novela comienza con la primera y abrumadora confrontación con la muerte en las idílicas playas de sus veranos infantiles, pasando por los problemas familiares y los logros profesionales en su edad adulta, hasta llegar a su vejez, momento en el que se siente desgarrado al comprobar el deterioro de sus contemporáneos y el suyo propio. Creativo publicitario de éxito con una agencia de publicidad en Nueva York, el protagonista es padre de dos hijos de un primer matrimonio, que lo desprecian, y de una hija de un segundo matrimonio, que lo adora, además del amado hermano de un buen hombre cuyo bienestar físico despierta en él una amarga envidia y el solitario ex marido de tres mujeres con quien ha mantenido matrimonios desastrosos. Es, por fin, alguien que acaba siendo aquello que no quería llegar a ser.<br /><br /><i>Elegía</i> hace referencia a una obra de teatro alegórica y anónima del siglo XV, un clásico del antiguo drama inglés, cuyo tema es la evocación de la vida en la muerte.

48 Nemesi

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2011-01-25
Description :  Estate 1944. Nel «caldo annichilente di una Newark equatoriale», il ventitreenne Bucky Cantor, un animatore di campo giochi che si dedica anima e corpo ai suoi ragazzi, è costretto a combattere la sua guerra privata contro una spaventosa epidemia di polio che colpisce e uccide i bambini. In una città sotto assedio, Philip Roth racconta con toccante poesia la lotta impari e senza tempo tra l'uomo e il suo destino.

49 Il complotto contro l'America

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-07
Description :  America, 1940: Lindbergh, eroe della trasvolata sull'Atlantico, fervido antisemita e filonazista, diventa presidente. Da questo momento gli Stati Uniti smettono di appoggiare inglesi e francesi, e dietro un'apparente neutralità stringono patti con la Germania di Hitler. Una famiglia ebraica di Newark, la famiglia Roth, scopre di non essere abbastanza americana per i gusti del nuovo presidente, e inizia a temere che anche il proprio Paese si trasformi in un regno del terrore. Tra controstoria e autobiografia, il ritratto dell'America in forma di incubo.

50 La macchia umana

Author : Philip Roth
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-07
Description :  Il professor Coleman Silk da cinquant'anni nasconde un segreto, e lo fa cosí bene che nessuno se n'è mai accorto, nemmeno sua moglie o i suoi figli. Un giorno però basta una parola detta per sbaglio, e su di lui si scatenano le streghe del perbenismo, gli spiriti maligni della <i>political correctness.</i> Allora tutto il suo mondo, la sua brillante vita accademica, la sua bella famiglia crollano. E non c'è scampo, perché «noi lasciamo una macchia, lasciamo la nostra impronta. Impurità, crudeltà, abuso, errore, escremento, seme: non c'è altro mezzo per essere qui».



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