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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.
It is an elegy for all our century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him. "美国三部曲"之首的 美国牧歌 体现了美国社会中由来已久的冲突 相信"美国梦"的人 以为只要努力和正派 就可美梦成真 然而历史的悲剧性常常和个人是否努力和正派无关
At forty, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction--pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit. Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line. Now his work is trekking from one doctor to another, but none can find a cause for the pain and nobody can assuage it. Zuckerman himself wonders if the pain can have been caused by his own books. And while he is wondering, his dependence on painkillers grows into an addiction to vodka, marijuana, and Percodan. The Anatomy Lesson is a great comedy of illness written in what the English critic Hermione Lee has described as "a manner at once. . . brash and thoughtful. . . lyrical and wry, which projects through comic expostulations and confessions. . . a knowing, humane authority. " The third volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound, The Anatomy Lesson provides some of the funniest scenes in all of Roth's fiction as well as some of the fiercest.
David Kepesh, a sus ochenta años, confiesa a un personaje desconocido una de sus últimas experiencias sentimentales: la que mantuvo con Consuelo Castillo, una joven cubana, casi cincuenta años más joven que él. Desde que la revolución de los sesenta lo liberó de sus ataduras familiares, Kepesh, profesor universitario, famoso periodista, un hombre seductor, inteligente y culto, ha vivido al margen de cualquier compromiso. Y tiene una rica fuente para sus conquistas dentro de sus propias clases. A las puertas de la vejez, la vitalidad y la hermosura de Consuelo enfrentarán al protagonista con el significado de su vida.
Like a latter-day Gregor Samsa, Professor David Kepesh wakes up one morning to find that he has been transformed. But where Kafka's protagonist turned into a giant beetle, the narrator of Philip Roth's richly conceived fantasy has become a 155-pound female breast. What follows is a deliriously funny yet touching exploration of the full implications of Kepesh's metamorphosis--a daring, heretical book that brings us face to face with the intrinsic strangeness of sex and subjectivity.
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. 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.
Publicada en 1967, Cuando ella era buena es la segunda novela de Philip Roth. Escrita en la tradición naturalista y ajena al entorno judío, esta hipnótica, divertida y escalofriante novela tiene como escenario una pequeña ciudad del Oeste Medio en los años cuarenta, y como protagonista a una mujer joven, herida y moralista feroz, cuya bondad se convertirá en una enfermedad terrible.Siendo todavía una niña, Lucy Nelson tuvo su primer fracaso: un padre en la cárcel. Desde entonces ha estado intentando reformar a todos los hombres que la rodean, incluso cuando esto, ahora, significa su propia destrucción.Con su infalible retrato de Lucy y su infantil marido Roy, Roth ha creado una obra intransigente: una visión crítica sobre la piedad.
Exhibiting all his skill as a brilliant observer of human passion, Roth presents in Deception the tightly enclosed world of adulterous intimacy with a directness that has no equal in American fiction. At the center of the novel are Philip and his lover, an English woman compromised by a humiliating marriage, and the conversation that ensues before and after making love.
Deudas y dolores es la primera novela larga de Philip Roth. Ambientada en la década de 1950 en Chicago, Nueva York y Iowa City, presenta un brillante retrato de ficción de los Estados Unidos de mediados del siglo XX, caracterizado por limitaciones sociales y éticas y por unas obligaciones morales muy distintas a las de hoy. Recién licenciado del ejército que intervino en en la guerra de Corea, toda todavía bajo el impacto de la reciente muerte de su madre, liberado de viejas ataduras y en ávida búsqueda de otras, Gabe Wallach se siente atraído por Paul Herz, estudiante graduado de literatura, y por Libby, la temperamental y vehemente esposa de Paul. El deseo que siente Gabe de vincularse al ordenado «mundo de sensibilidad» que encuentra en los libros se ve puesto a prueba por la anárquica lucha de los Herz por adaptarse a una vida adulta responsable y más tarde, impulsado por el deseo de vivir seriamente y de actuar con generosidad, Gabe tropieza con una prueba insuperable en la persona de Martha Reganhart. La compleja relación entre Gabe y Martha, y el entusiasmo moral de Gabe por las tribulaciones ajenas, constituyen el núcleo de esta novela trágicamente cómica.
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. 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. 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. 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.
La nueva novela de Philip Roth es una historia íntima y universal sobre la pérdida, el arrepentimiento y el estoicismo. El autor de La conjura contra América 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. Elegía 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Motivated to write this autobiography by a mental/physical breakdown he suffered in 1987, Roth gives a candid portrait of his life's events.
National Book Award Winner 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 calledGoodbye, Columbus, 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.
Goodbye, Columbus; The Conversion of the Jews; Defender of the Faith; Epstein; You Can't Tell a Man by the Song He Sings; and Eli, the Fanatic. Also an introduction by the author.<P><P> Winner of the National Book Award
Word Smith, who plans to write the "Great American Novel" and also to tell the tragic and hilarious story of the Ruppert Mundys - the only homeless baseball team ever to play in the big league, who have disappeared from all official histories.
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, The Human Stain 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, American Pastoral, and his McCarthy-era novel, I MARRIED A COMMUNIST.
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 even his most virulent accuser."美国三部曲"的登峰之作 与前两部相比 小说中各元素之间更加制衡 更具整体性 对人性的探讨更加彻底 小说重磅炸弹似的主题 注定其成为各方评论的主题
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.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.The Humbling is Roth's thirtieth book.
Para Simon Axler, uno de los principales actores teatrales norteamericanos, todo ha terminado. 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. 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.«Obliga a los lectores a adentrarse en regiones sumamente oscuras de la experiencia humana.»El País
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.
I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.In this story cruelty, betrayal, and revenge spilling over into the public arena from their origins in Ira's turbulent personal life 这个苦涩的,略带诙谐的故事自始至终都是那么引人入胜 它唤醒了我们共有的历史中那个特定的时间和地点......立体重现了二战后的理想主义和伪善
La vigésimo novena novela de Roth cuenta la historia de la educación de un joven judío, hijo único de una familia de carniceros kosher del Newark de la década de 1950. Tentado por las oportunidades que le depara el futuro y asfixiado por las estrambóticas restricciones de un padre excesivamente aprensivo, decide trasladarse a una universidad luterana de Ohio, donde deberá enfrentarse al antisemitismo, a la represión sexual y a la amenaza que plantea sobre los jóvenes del país la necesidad de reclutas para la guerra de Corea. Una historia íntima de inexperiencia, imprudencias, resistencia intelectual, descubrimientos sexuales, coraje y terror.
Against the backdrop of the Korean War, a young man faces life's unimagined chances and terrifying consequences. 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. 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. 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.
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