The Prague Orgy

The Prague Orgy

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by Philip Roth
     
 

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In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by institutionalized oppression, that is rather different from his own. He also discovers, among the

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In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by institutionalized oppression, that is rather different from his own. He also discovers, among the oppressed writers with whom he quickly becomes embroiled in a series of bizarre and poignant adventures, an appealingly perverse kind of heroism.

The Prague Orgy, consisting of entries from protagonist Nathan Zuckerman's notebooks recording his sojourn among these outcast artists, completes the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman bound. It provides a startling ending to Roth's intricately designed magnum opus on the unforeseen consequences of art.

This Vintage edition is the first paperback publication of the epilogue.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"One of Roth's most brilliant (and funniest) works...a lithe comic masterpiece." —Newsweek

"Obscenely outrageous and yet brilliantly reflective of a paranoid reality that has become universal. It is the best of Roth, a kind of coda to all his fiction so far." —Harold Bloom, The New York Times Book Review

"This fitting capstone to Roth's Zuckerman trilogy proves that no one now writing can be funnier and more passionately serious than Philip Roth." —Time

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679749035
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Nathan Zuckerman Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
768,343
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.24(d)

Meet the Author

Philip Roth is one of the most decorated writers in American history, having wonthe National Book Critics Circle Award twice, the PEN/Faulkner Award three times,the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and many more. He also won the Ambassador Book Award of the English-Speaking Union and in the same year received the National Medal of Arts at the White House. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years “for the entire work of the recipient.”

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut
Date of Birth:
March 19, 1933
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey
Education:
B.A. in English, Bucknell University, 1954; M.A. in English, University of Chicago, 1955

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lillian where are you i miss you if you got kicked out go up
RyanMecklenburg More than 1 year ago
This is the most sparse in the Zuckerman series. Still, Roth delivers with the usual humor and ridiculousness expected from his alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman. Nathan travels to Prague, where he delves into an under world of, to say the least, eccentrics. As his friend's ex-wife pursues him for marriage, Nathen comes to realize his privilaged life as an American Jew. The only disapointing thing about the book is that it is short. Of the books in the series, this is probably the funniest, with antics that echo books such as Catch-22 and A Confederacy of Dunces. The book is erotic slapstick with a point. Although it is the shortest in the Zuckerman series, Zuckerman grows the most in this book, and comes to one of his greatest revelations up to this point in the series. For any reader who enjoyed the other books in the series, this one is just as enjoyable, if not for the pleasure of traveling with Zuckerman once more, then for the books poignant depth.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Roth's worst . Skip it.