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American Pastoral

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Philip Roth's masterpiece provides a piercing look into the promises of prosperity, civic order and domesticity in twentieth century America "Swede" Levov is living the American dream. He glides through life cocooned by his devoted family, his demanding yet highly rewarding (and lucrative) business, his sporting prowess, his good looks. He is the embodiment of thriving, post-war America, land of liberty and hope. Until the sunny day in 1968, when the Swede's bountiful American luck deserts him. The tragedy springs from devastatingly close to home. His adored daughter, Merry, has become a stranger to him, a fanatical teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism that plunges the Levov family into the political mayhem of sixties America, and drags them into the underbelly of a seemingly ascendant society. Rendered powerless by the shocking turn of events, the Swede can only watch as his pastoral idyll is methodically torn apart. Extraordinarily nuanced and poignant, American Pastoral is the first in an eloquent trilogy of post-war American novels and cemented Roth's reputation as one of the greatest American novelists of the twentieth century.

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Roth, Philip

▪ American author
in full  Philip Milton Roth  
born March 19, 1933, Newark, N.J., U.S.

      American novelist and short-story writer whose works are characterized by an acute ear for dialogue, a concern with Jewish middle-class life, and the painful entanglements of sexual and familial love. Other of his works deal satirically with political and sexual themes.

      Roth received an M.A. from the University of Chicago and taught there and elsewhere. He first achieved fame with Goodbye Columbus (1959; film 1969), whose title story candidly depicts the boorish materialism of a Jewish middle-class suburban family. Roth's first novel, Letting Go (1962), was followed in 1967 by When She Was Good, but he did not recapture the success of his first book until Portnoy's Complaint (1969; film 1972), an audacious satirical portrait of a contemporary Jewish male at odds with his domineering mother and obsessed with sexual experience. Several minor works, including The Breast (1972), My Life As a Man (1974), and The Professor of Desire (1977), were followed by one of Roth's most important novels, The Ghost Writer (1979), which introduced an aspiring young writer named Nathan Zuckerman. Roth's two subsequent novels, Zuckerman Unbound (1981) and The Anatomy Lesson (1983), trace his writer-protagonist's subsequent life and career and constitute Roth's first Zuckerman trilogy. These three novels were republished together with the novella The Prague Orgy under the title Zuckerman Bound (1985). A fourth Zuckerman novel, The Counterlife, appeared in 1993.

      Roth was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral (1997), a novel about a middle-class couple whose daughter becomes a terrorist. It is the first novel of a second Zuckerman trilogy, completed by I Married a Communist (1998) and The Human Stain (2000; film 2003). In The Dying Animal (2001; filmed as Elegy, 2008), an aging literary professor reflects on a life of emotional isolation. The Plot Against America (2004) tells a counterhistorical story of fascism in the United States during World War II. With Everyman (2006), a novel that explores illness and death, Roth became the first three-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, which he had won previously for Operation Shylock (1993) and The Human Stain. Exit Ghost (2007) revisits Zuckerman, who has been reawoken to life's possibilities after more than a decade of self-imposed exile in the Berkshire Mountains. Indignation (2008) is narrated from the afterlife by a man who died at age 19.

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