• Title English : “The Philip ROTH Spot”
• Author : Philip Roth (Author) and Josée Kamoun (Translator)
• Pages : 496 Sheet
• Publisher : Folio (28 mai 2004)
• Collection : Folio
• ISBN-10: 2070315932
• ISBN-13: 978-2070315932
• Product Dimensions : 10,8 x 2,1 x 17,9 cm
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♦ Description : “On the eve of retirement, a professor of classics, accused of making racist remarks to his students, prefers to resign rather than deliver the secret that could clear him. While the Lewinski affair defies the well-meaning chronicles, Nathan Zuckerman opens the file of his neighbor Coleman Silk and discovers behind the very rowdy life of the former dean an unheard-of past, that of a man who has literally reinvented himself, and a present no less devastating: his affair with the sensual Faunia, a maid and a coward of thirty-four years, supposedly illiterate, and heels by an ex-veteran husband of Vietnam, obsessed with revenge and murder. After American Pastoral and I married a Communist, The Blot, a brutal and subtle novel, completes Philip Roth’s trilogy on the identity of the individual in the great upheavals of post-war America, where everything is equivocal and nothing is unmixed, for the task “is in each one, inherent, indomitable, constitutive, it which pre-exists disobedience, which embraces disobedience, defies all explanation, all comprehension. stain is not only a barbaric joke and the fantasy of terrifying purity.”
“The American writer Philip Roth, a giant of American literature, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 85 years. A lucid observer of the American society and his family, the native of Newark, New Jersey, had been regularly approached for the Nobel Prize for literature, but never got it.
After a childhood spent in Newark, a port city near Manhattan, from which writer Nick Tosches was also born, Philip Roth studied at the university. His marriage, which turns to disaster, is at the origin of the themes of his first novels that will raise controversy, because of their raw and provocative character as ‘Portnoy and his complex’. Despite the scandal, Roth is quickly considered an influential writer. The writer then engages in what he himself defines as a struggle with ‘women, rabbis, politicians, psychoanalysts and literary critics’. Roth’s work, though essentially autobiographical, mixes genres and moves freely from fiction to confession in a jubilant style.
Philip Roth is an American writer. The grandson of Jewish immigrants from Galicia who arrived in the United States at the turn of the 20th century, he grew up in the neighborhood of Newark’s small Jewish middle class. After studying at Rutgers University in Newark, Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and then at the University of Chicago, he taught letters and composition at Iowa University until the early 1980s. 1960. He returned to teaching intermittently, in comparative literature, at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania until 1992.
He successfully published a first collection of short stories,“Goodbye, Columbus”, in 1959 (National Book Award 1960). Ten years later, he gets a phenomenal celebrity and creates the scandal with “Portnoy and his complex” (Portnoy’s Complaint, 1969), long confession of his hero, struggling with his Jewishness and sexual drive. The character reappears in many of his works, “The Writer of Shadows” (The Ghost Writer, 1979), “The Anatomy Lesson” (The Anatomy Lesson, 1983) and “The Countervery” (The Counterlife, 1986), novels about helplessness and frustration.
Sarcastic and lucid, Philip Roth reiterates the same themes, sex, Jews, autofiction, and his psychoanalysis. In his American trilogy: “American Pastoral” (American Pastoral, 1997), “I married a Communist” (I Married a Communist, 1998) and “The Task” (The Human Stain, 2000), he operates a demystification of the American dream, and castigates the politically correct environment. He discusses the sexual revolution of the 1960s in “The Dying Animal” (The Dying Animal, 2001).
In 2006, he published “One Man” (Everyman), which is followed by “Indignation” (2008). The latter will be adapted to cinema in 2016 by James Schamus with Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon. “The Rebel” (The Humbling, 2009) is on the big screen in 2014 by Barry Levinson, with Al Pacino, and “American Pastoral” in 2016 by Ewan McGregor.
In October 2012, he announces during an interview that he stops the writing and that “Nemesis” (2010) will remain his last novel. Philip Roth has received numerous prestigious awards, including the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for “American Pastoral”, the 2002 Medici Foreign Prize for “The Spot” and the Prince of Asturias Award 2012. Until the mid-1980s, Roth shared his life between the United States and London, with his companion, the British actress Claire Bloom. They were married from 1990 to 1995.”