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Me casé con un comunista

by Philip Roth

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, uno de sus alumnos aventajados en la escuela de Newark, se lo encuentra poco antes de morir y, gracias a unas largas charlas que se prolongan durante seis noches, el escritor conocerá la verdadera personalidad del que fue su ídolo cuando era un adolescente: Iron Rinn -nombre artístico de Ira Ringold, locutor de radio, antes cavador de zanjas y en sus últimos días vendedor de minerales, el hermano comunista de Murray- que, gracias al libro que escribió su mujer, Eve Frame, na exquisita actriz del cine mudo, acabó en la lista negra de McCarthy.Pero Me casé con un comunista no es una crónica de la caza de br ujas sino la denuncia del maccarthysmo como "primera floración de posguerra de la irreflexión norteamericana que ahora se evidencia por todas partes", del maquiavelismo inherente a todos los que tienen sed de poder, de la deslealtad que, por escudarse de la patria, se convierte en un pecado menor."Los idealismos e hipocresías de la posguerra han sido resucitados de manera brillante."The New York Review of Books

Mi vida como hombre

by Philip Roth

Una novela dentro de otra novela, un laberíntico edificio narrativo lleno de lúgubres y clarificadoras meditaciones sobre el fatal impass entre un hombre y una mujer. Mi vida como hombre (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.

My Life as a Man

by Philip Roth

The story of a young writer's struggle to free his manhood from the stranglehold of a woman who won't let it go, a woman who becomes his wife, his demon and his muse.

Nemesis

by Philip Roth

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2011 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. At the center of Nemesis 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. 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. Through this story runs the dark questions that haunt all four of Roth's late short novels, Everyman, Indignation, The Humbling, and now Nemesis: What kind of accidental choices fatally shape a life? How does the individual withstand the onslaught of circumstance?

Némesis

by Philip Roth

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.El protagonista de Némesis es Bucky Cantor, un joven de veintitrés años responsable de las actividades al aire libre de los alumnos de una escuela, lanzador de jabalina y levantador de pesas, que vive volcado en sus pupilos 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 realidades cotidianas a las que este se enfrenta, y nos conduce a través de todas las emociones que una plaga semejante puede engendrar: el miedo, el pánico, la cólera, el desconcierto, el sufrimiento y el dolor.Alternando el escenario de las sofocantes y malolientes calles de la Newark asediada y el de Indian Hill, un inmaculado campamento infantil sito en lo alto de las montañas Pocono, donde «el aire estaba exento de toda polución», Roth retrata a un hombre bueno, enérgico y armado con las mejores intenciones que libra su particular guerra contra la epidemia. El autor se muestra en todo momento delicadamente preciso al abordar la transición de Cantor hacia la tragedia personal, y no menos preciso al tratar el tema de la infancia.En esta novela volvemos a encontrar el sombrío interrogante que recorre las últimas cuatro novelas de Roth, Elegía, Indignación, La humillación y ahora Némesis: ¿qué decisiones determinan fatalmente la vida? ¿Hasta qué punto somos impotentes ante las circunstancias?

Nuestra pandilla

by Philip Roth

El propósito de Roth en esta obra escrita en los años 70 (antes del escándalo Watergate) es ajustarle las cuentas a Nixon y a su corrupta administración. Y lo hace a través de una sátira política hilarante y desmadrada en la que podría hallarse un claro paralelismo con la actualidad. Así, los boyscouts se rebelan contra el presidente, existe un eje del mal que incluye a Jimmy Hendrix y Jane Fonda, e incluso una guerra sucia, que Nixon declarará al «gobierno pornográfico de Dinamarca» por apoyar la insurgencia.

El oficio

by Philip Roth

Una conversación 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. Un encuentro con Isaac Bashevis Singer en Nueva York para hablar sobre Bruno Schulz. Un viaje a Londres para charlar con Edna OBrien. Dos retratos: Bernard Malamud y Philip Guston. Y una relectura: Saul Bellow. Todo esto compone El oficio: un escritor, sus colegas y sus obras (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. El lector asistirá a través de sus páginas a una lección magistral de uno de los escritores más relevantes de la literatura actual.«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.»The New York Times Book Review

Operation Shylock: A Confession

by Philip Roth

Philip Roth meets a man who may or may not be Philip Roth. Because someone with that name has been touring Israel, promoting a strange reverse escape of the Jews. Roth is intent on stopping him, even if that means impersonating his own imitator.

Our Gang

by Philip Roth

A ferocious political satire in the great tradition, Our Gang is Philip Roth's brilliantly indignant response to the phenomenon of Richard M. Nixon.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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Pastoral americana

by Philip Roth

Seymour Levov, modelo a seguir por todos los muchachos judíos de New Jersey, gran atleta y mejor hijo, sólido heredero de la fábrica de guantes que su padre levantó desde la nada, ha rebasado la mitad del siglo XX sin conflictos que puedan estropear su dorada Arcadia, una vida placentera que comparte con su mujer Dawn, ex Miss New Jersey, y con su hija Meredith. Y es en este preciso momento,con su vida convertida en un eterno día de Acción de Gracias en el que todo el mundo come lo mismo, se comporta de la misma manera y carece de religión, cuando el Sueco Levov verá derrumabarse estrepitosamente todo lo que le rodea.Pastoral americana es un relato lúcido que pone en tela de juicio los valores de la sociedad norteamericana y su capacidad de permanencia durante el conflicto final de los felices sesenta, con la intervención estadounidense en la guerra de Vietnam como telón de fondo."En la actual literatura norteamericana está Philip Roth y, después, todos los demás."Chicago Tribune

A Philip Roth Reader

by Philip Roth

This book is a selection of early writings of Philip Roth which include My Life as a Man, The Professor of Desire, Reading Myself and Others, The Great American Novel, Letting Go, When She Was Good, Portnoy's Complaint and The Ghost Writer.

The Plot Against America

by Philip Roth

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.

Portnoy's Complaint

by Philip Roth

Portnoy's Complaint n. [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," Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, 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.With a new Afterword by the author for the 25th Anniversary edition.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Professor of Desire

by Philip Roth

Complex adult novel.

Sabbath's Theater

by Philip Roth

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, which presents Philip Roth at the peak of his powers, is sur

Sale el espectro

by Philip Roth

Veintiocho años después de introducir a Zuckerman en La visita al maestro, Roth le dice adiós a su célebre protagonista y alter ego. En esta novena novela, Zuckerman ya es un hombre anciano, atormentado por la pérdida de sus medios económicos y el temor de ver morir a los que le quedan. Tras once años en Massachusetts, regresa a Nueva York, donde se cruza con una nueva generación de escritores, pero también con un viejo amigo moribundo. Sale el espectro es un estudio profundo de la obsesión, del olvido, de la resignación y del deseo imposible de satisfacer.

Shop Talk

by Philip Roth

In Philip Roth's intimate intellectual encounters with an international and diverse cast of writers, they explore the importance of region, politics, and history in their work and trace the imaginative path by which a writer's highly individualized art is informed by the wider conditions of life. Milan Kundera and Czechoslovakia, Primo Levi and Auschwitz, Edna O'Brien and Ireland, Aharon Appelfeld and Bukovina, Ivan Klíma and Prague, Isaac Singer and Warsaw, Bruno Schulz and Poland - what is the intricate transaction between the susceptible writer and the provocative time and place? Roth's questions go to the original conditions that stimulate the narrative impulse, and he puts them to writers who are as attuned to the subtleties of literature as to the influence of the surrounding society. Also included here are appreciative portraits of two of Roth's late friends, each transfixed till the end by his artistic vocation - the writer Bernard Malamud and the painter Philip Guston - as well as several cartoons drawn by Guston, a gift to Roth to illustrate his novella THE BREAST and printed here for the first time. SHOP TALK concludes with Roth's essay "Rereading Saul Bellow," a vivid presentation of Bellow's achievement and, in the spirit of this collection, very much a colleague's reading.

Shop Talk (Mandarin Edition)

by Philip Roth

With Primo Levi, Roth discusses the stubborn core of rationality that helped the Italian chemist-writer survive the demented laboratory of Auschwitz. With Milan Kundera, he analyzes the mix of politics and sexuality that made him the most subversive writer in communist Czechoslovakia. With Edna O'Brien, he explores the circumstances that have forced generations of Irish writers into exile. Elsewhere Roth offers appreciative portraits of two friends--the writer Bernard Malamud and the painter Philip Guston--at the end of their careers, and gives us a masterful assessment of the work of Saul Bellow. 行话 是一部采访录 在这本书里 你可以读到米兰·昆德拉与捷克斯洛伐克,普里莫·莱维与奥斯威辛,爱德娜·奥布莱恩与爱尔兰,阿哈龙·阿佩尔菲尔德与布科维纳,伊凡·克里玛与布拉格,艾萨克·巴什维斯·辛格与华沙,布鲁诺·舒尔茨与波兰 以及对罗斯两位已故朋友----作家伯纳德·马拉默德和画家菲力普·古斯顿----的欣赏与刻画 书末的 重读索尔·贝娄 一文则生动地呈现了贝娄的成就 而且秉承了此书的精神 是一次同行的解读

El teatro de Sabbath

by Philip Roth

El teatro de Sabbath es una creación cómica de proporciones épicas en la que Mickey Sabbath, eterno adolescente casi al borde de la jubilación, es un héroe digno de Rabelais. Este ex titiritero imaginativo y genial, se ha convertido en un personaje permanentemente indignado con el mundo -a causa del lugar que ocupa él- y escandalosamente libidinoso. Muy libidinoso: le gustaría ser el marqués de Sade, pero, definitivamente, no lo es. Tras la muerte de su amante de toda la vida -un "espíritu libre" cuya fidelidad al adulterio único ha sorprendido incluso al propio Sabbath-, nuestro héroe decide hacer balance y se embarca en un turbulento viaje hacia su pasado. Acongojado y perseguido por los fantasmas de todos aquellos que más le amaron -y odiaron-, sus intentos de escapar de este cerco terminan en una sucesión de desastres absurdos que casi consiguen volverle loco y acabar con su vida."Philip Roth es un gran historiador del erotismo moderno, infinitamente vulnerable en su sinceridad e infinitamente escurridizo ensu ironía."MILAN KUNDERA

When She Was Good

by Philip Roth

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. 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Zuckerman Unbound

by Philip Roth

Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his new-found fame as a bestselling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhattan in the final year of the turbulent sixties. Not only is he assumed by his fans to be his own fictional satyr, Gilbert Carnovsky ("Hey, you do all that stuff in that book?"), but he also finds himself the target of admonishers, advisers, and sidewalk literary critics. The recent murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., lead an unsettled Zuckerman to wonder if "target" may be more than a figure of speech. Zuckerman retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages, perhaps irreparably, his affectionate connection to his younger brother...and all because of his great good fortune!

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