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Sabbath's Theater

Philip Roth

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ISBN 10: 0395739829 / ISBN 13: 9780395739822
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED. Like New- Unread. First edition, first printing with complete number line ending in 1. Signed by Roth on the title page. Unread book is tight and square with sharp corners and clean unmarred boards. Textblock has red pen mark on top of half title page (see photos) otherwise clean with no writing, bookplate or marks and not BCE, ex-library or remaindered. Dust jacket is unclipped ($24.95) and pristine with "autographed" sticker on back - but NO National Book Award Winner sticker. Crisp and bright copy with an increasingly uncommon signature. Protected in a Brodart cover. Bookseller Inventory # 5257

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Title: Sabbath's Theater

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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He is relentlessly defiant. He is exceedingly libidinous. His appetite for the outrageous is insatiable. He is Mickey Sabbath, the aging, raging powerhouse whose savage effrontery and mocking audacity are at the heart of Philip Roth's astonishing new novel. Sabbath's Theater tells Mickey's story in the wake of the death of his mistress, an erotic free spirit whose adulterous daring exceeds even his own. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Mickey is now in his mid-sixties and besieged by ghosts - of his mother, his beloved brother, his vanished first wife, his mistress of thirteen years. Bereft and grieving, he embarks on a turbulent journey back into his past, one that brings him to the brink of madness and extinction. But no matter how ardently he courts death, he is too exuberantly alive to succeed at dying. Sabbath's Theater is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. This book, which presents Philip Roth at the peak of his powers, is sur

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Mickey Sabbath, the hero in Sabbath's Theater, the winner of the 1995 National Book Award, makes a concerted effort to be bad. Like Alexander Portnoy, the famously self-abusing character in Roth's 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, Sabbath has an appetite for "acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus." But while Portnoy's antics were usually comical and liberating, Sabbath often feels imprisoned by his own acts of self-indulgence. Though his frantic pursuit of sex is a desperate attempt to abate his anxieties about death, it only serves to obliterate any semblance of real life he could have had.

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