PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT.

Roth, Philip.

Published by RANDOM HOUSE., 1969
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Fine in very close to fine dust jacket. Printed retail price of $6.95 on front flap, without evidence of clipping. Publication date of 2/69 printed on rear flap. Likely a later issue jacket. (Tiny nick at head of rear cover. Couple faint spots at edge of spine. No discoloration to spine on DJ. ) Author's celebrated FOURTH book. (GC). Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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.

Review: Along with Saul Bellow's Herzog, Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint defined Jewish American literature in the 1960s. Roth's masterpiece takes place on the couch of a psychoanalyst, an appropriate jumping-off place for an insanely comical novel about the Jewish American experience. Roth has written several great books--Goodbye, Columbus and When She Was Good among them, but it is perhaps Portnoy's Complaint for which he is best known.

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Title: PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT.
Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE.
Publication Date: 1969
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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