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As a student in college, David Kepesh styles himself "a rake among scholars, a scholar among rakes." Little does he realize how prophetic this motto will be—or how damning. For as Philip Roth follows Kepesh from the domesticity of childhood into the vast wilderness of erotic possibility, from a ménage à trois in London to the throes of loneliness in New York, he creates a supremely intelligent, affecting, and often hilarious novel about the dilemma of pleasure: where we seek it; why we flee it; and how we struggle to make a truce between dignity and desire.
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"Ranks among the major achievements in the literature of our time." —Village Voice
"No one writing can juggle the somber and the ludicrous more adroitly than Roth." —Time
"Philip Roth is a great historian of modern eroticism.... [He] speaks of a sexuality that questions itself; it is still hedonism, but it is problematic, wounded, ironic hedonism. His is the uncommon union of confession and irony. Infinitely vulnerable in his sincerity and infinitely elusive in his irony." —Milan Kundera
"A thoughtful...elegant novel.... A fine display of literary skills." —The New York Times Book Review
In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. 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 and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians’ Prize for “the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004.” Recently Roth received PEN’s two most prestigious awards: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American novelist to have his work 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.
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Book Description P/B, 1979. Condition: Fair. New Ed. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP69867305
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR003747413
Book Description Corgi Childrens, 1979. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. In VERY GOOD overall condition, with some signs of previous ownership. Daily dispatch from UK warehouse. Seller Inventory # mon0000837609
Book Description Corgi, London, 1979. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Reprint; First Printing. Light reading and cover creases, sticker ghost to rear cover, original cover price ink obscurred. ; Nice tight flat copy, no names or marks inside. Cover design uncredited. ; 208 pages; An American scholar in England, David Kepesh, is dragged by his lust into London's red-light district, then into a menage a trois with two brazen young Swedish girls. Mass Market PB. Seller Inventory # 25853