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Operation Shylock: A Confession

Roth, Philip

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ISBN 10: 0671703765 / ISBN 13: 9780671703769
Published by Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Very Good yellow softcover book with black lettering. Advance Uncorrected Reader's Proof. Some minor soiling on cover. No marks in book. "Suspenseful, hilarious, hugely impassioned, pulsing with intelligence and narrative energy.at once a spy story, a political thriller, a meditation on identity, and a confession." Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # G2898

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Title: Operation Shylock: A Confession

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: Advance Uncorrected Proof.

Book Type: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC)

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A man whose self-appointed task is to lead the Jews out of Israel and back to Europe is at the center of this meditation on identity

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Philip Roth's very literary novels, most famously Portnoy's Complaint, have always had the feel of confessional autobiography. Operation Shylock boasts not only a character named Philip Roth, a Jewish-American novelist, but an impostor who is claiming to be him. Roth's impostor causes a furor in Israel by advocating "Diasporism," the polar opposite of Zionism, encouraging Israelis to return home to eastern Europe. In Israel the real Roth attends the trial of a former Nazi, and also observes at a West Bank military court dealing harshly with young Palestinians. Through stark counterpoint between distorted doubles, along with his trademark bawdy humor, Roth comically explores the tensions of his identity as a writer, as a Jew, and as a human being. Operation Shylock won the PEN/Faulkner Award for 1994.

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