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Operation Shylock - A Confession

Roth, Philip

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ISBN 10: 0671703765 / ISBN 13: 9780671703769
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A handsome copy, binding clean and tight, no chips or clips, but a barely noticeable 1" long abrasion mark on the inside flap of the DJ. It is barely noticeable because the underlying paper is the same color (white), but the DJ was unfortunately made of unlaminated paper, and the DJ is less durable than it should have been for a novel and author of this quality. Also, a tiny closed tear at the top of the DJ near the spine. Bookseller Inventory # 060742

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Title: Operation Shylock - A Confession

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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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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