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THE PROFESSOR OF DESIRE

Roth, Philip

ISBN 10: 0374237565 / ISBN 13: 9780374237561
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 1977
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Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Rubbing to jacket. ; ; 8.30 X 5.70 X 0.70 inches; 263 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 58464

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Title: THE PROFESSOR OF DESIRE

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; Third Printing.

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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 a 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. “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

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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

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