?Un libro radical, complejo y conmovedor...El mayor ejemplo hasta la fecha de la destreza de Roth cuando el talento y el control del autor alcanzan su m?ximo esplendor.? Ted Solotaroff, Esquire ?Un nuevo mundo de posibilidades sensuales... ?Necesita decir uno de nuevo que Roth es un novelista admirable?? Anthony Burgess ?El pecho es genial, creativo y muy divertido. La artima?a que se esconde en el fondo del libro es brillante...? John Gardner
«Un libro radical, complejo y conmovedor...El mayor ejemplo hasta la fecha de la destreza de Roth cuando el talento y el control del autor alcanzan su máximo esplendor.» Ted Solotaroff, Esquire «Un nuevo mundo de posibilidades sensuales... ¿Necesita decir uno de nuevo que Roth es un novelista admirable?» Anthony Burgess «El pecho es genial, creativo y muy divertido. La artimaña que se esconde en el fondo del libro es brillante...» John Gardner
En 1997, Philip Roth obtuvo el premio Pulitzer por Pastoral Americana . En 1998 recibió la Medalla Nacional de las Artes en la Casa Blanca, y en 2002 el más alto galardón de la American Academy of Arts and Letters, la medalla de Oro de Narrativa, anteriormente otorgada a John Dos Passos, William Faulkner y Saul Bellow, entre otros. Ha obtenido en dos ocasiones el National Book Award y el National Book Critics Circle Award. Ha ganado el PEN/Faulkner Award en tres ocasiones. En 2005, La conjura contra América recibió el premio de la Sociedad de Historiadores Norteamericanos concedido a «la más sobresaliente novela histórica sobre un tema norteamericano publicada entre 2003 y 2004». Hace poco Roth recibió los dos premios más prestigiosos del PEN: en 2006, el PEN/Nabokov Award «por una obra [...] de constante originalidad y consumada destreza», y en 2007 el PEN/Saul Bellow Award, que premia los avances en la narrativa norteamericana, concedido a un escritor «cuyos logrosa lo largo de una carrera prolongada [...] le aúpan al nivel más alto de la literatura norteamericana».
Roth es el único escritor norteamericano vivo cuya obra ha sido publicada por la Library of America en una edición exhaustiva y definitiva; en 2013 salió a la luz el noveno volumen, que incluye Elegía, Indignación, La humillación y Némesis , y que Literatura Random House publica bajo el título Las némesis.
Philip Roth's long and celebrated career has been something of a thorn in the side of the writer. As it is for so many, fame has been the proverbial double-edged sword, bringing his trenchant tragic-comedies to a wide audience, but also making him a prisoner of expectations and perceptions. Still, since 1959, Roth has forged along, crafting gorgeous variations of the Great American Novel and producing, in addition, an autobiography (The Facts) and a non-fictional account of his father's death (Patrimony: A True Story).
Roth's novels have been oft characterized as "Jewish literature," a stifling distinction that irks Roth to no end. Having grown up in a Jewish household in a lower-middle-class sub-section of Newark, New Jersey, he is incessantly being asked where his seemingly autobiographical characters end and the author begins, another irritant for Roth. He approaches interviewers with an unsettling combination of stoicism, defensiveness, and black wit, qualities that are reflected in his work. For such a high-profile writer, Roth remains enigmatic, seeming to have laid his life out plainly in his writing, but refusing to specify who the real Philip Roth is.
Roth's debut Goodbye, Columbus instantly established him as a significant writer. This National Book Award winner was a curious compendium of a novella that explored class conflict and romantic relationships and five short stories. Here, fully formed in Roth's first outing, was his signature wit, his unflinching insightfulness, and his uncanny ability to satirize his character's situations while also presenting them with humanity. The only missing element of his early work was the outrageousness he would not begin to cultivate until his third full-length novel Portnoy's Complaint -- an unquestionably daring and funny post-sexual revolution comedy that tipped Roth over the line from critically acclaimed writer to literary celebrity.
Even as Roth's personal relationships and his relationship to writing were severely shaken following the success of Portnoy's Complaint, he continued publishing outrageous novels in the vein of his commercial breakthrough. There was Our Gang, a parodic attack on the Nixon administration, and The Breast, a truly bizarre take on Kafka's Metamorphosis, and My Life as a Man, the pivotal novel that introduced Roth's literary alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman.
Zuckerman would soon be the subject of his very own series, which followed the writer's journey from aspiring young artist with lofty goals to a bestselling author, constantly bombarded by idiotic questions, to a man whose most important relationships have all but crumbled in the wake of his success. The Zuckerman Trilogy (The Ghost Writer, Zuckerman Unbound, and The Counterlife) directly paralls Roth's career and unfolds with aching poignancy and unforgiving humor.
Zuckerman would later reemerge in another trilogy, although this time he would largely be relegated to the role of narrator. Roth's American Trilogy (I Married a Communist, the PEN/Faulkner Award winning The Human Stain, and The Plot Against America), shifts the focus to key moments in the history of late-20th –century American history.
In Everyman (2006) , Roth reaches further back into history. Taking its name from a line of 15th-century English allegorical plays, Everyman is classic Roth -- funny, tragic, and above all else, human. It is also yet another in a seemingly unbreakable line of critical favorites, praised by Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and The Library Journal.
In 2007's highly anticipated Exit Ghost, Roth returned Nathan Zuckerman to his native Manhattan for one final adventure, thus bringing to a rueful, satisfying conclusion one of the most acclaimed literary series of our day. While this may (or may not) be Zuckerman's swan song, it seems unlikely that we have seen the last Philip Roth. Long may he roar.
Good To Know
Before publishing his first novel, Roth wrote an episode of the suspenseful TV classic Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
A film adaptation of American Pastoral is currently in the works. Australian director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence; Patriot Games) is on board to direct.