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An absolutely brilliant new novel by one of the world's great writers
In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians' Prize for 'the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004'. Recently Roth received PEN's two most prestigious prizes: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award 'for a body of work ... of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship' and in 2007 the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, given to a writer whose 'scale of achievement over a sustained career ... places him or her in the highest rank of American literature'. In 2011 Roth won the International Man Booker Prize. Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America.
Roth's compact latest novel rounds out his quartet-Everyman, Indignation, and The Humbling-addressing mortality. WWII-era Newark is in the grip of a rampant polio scare. Bucky Cantor, the fearless, 4F playground director valiantly holds the fort against the disease and protects his charges, until matters take a deadly turn. Dennis Boutsikaris, himself a Newark native, can sound a bit young in parts, sapping the listening of some of the book's dark majesty. But his reading conveys the book's aura, its nostalgia and horror. A Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcover. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Heart-wrenchingly powerful" * Sunday Times * "A mesmerically imagined work of realism... A shocking gem... A masterclass in literature and life, that reaches into the pits of the dead" * Guardian * "What makes Roth such an important novelist is the effortless way he brings together the trivial and the profoundly serious" * Independent * "A masterful performance" * Spectator * "Nemesis is an artfully constructed suspenseful novel with a cunning twist" -- J.M. Coetzee