Like Rip Van Winkle returning to his hometown to find that all has changed, Nathan Zuckerman comes back to New York, the city he left eleven years before. Alone on his New England mountain, Zuckerman has been nothing but a writer: no voices, no media, no terrorist threats, no women, no news, no tasks other than his work and the enduring of old age. Walking the streets like a revenant, he quickly makes three connections that explode his carefully protected solitude. One is with a young couple with whom, in a rash moment, he offers to swap homes. They will flee post-9/11 Manhattan for his country refuge, and he will return to city life. But from the time he meets them, Zuckerman also wants to swap his solitude for the erotic challenge of the young woman, Jaime, whose allure draws him back to all that he thought he had left behind: intimacy, the vibrant play of heart and body. The second connection is with a figure from Zuckerman's youth, Amy Bellette, companion and muse to Zuckerman's first literary hero, E.I. Lonoff. The once irresistible Amy is now an old woman depleted by illness, guarding the memory of that grandly austere American writer who showed Nathan the solitary path to a writing vocation. The third connection is with Lonoff's would-be biographer, a young literary hound who will do and say nearly anything to get to Lonoff's "great secret". Suddenly involved, as he never wanted or intended to be involved again, with love, mourning, desire,and animosity, Zuckerman plays out an interior drama of vivid and poignant possibilities. Haunted by Roth's earlier works - the melancholy comedy of The Ghost Writer, the counterpoint of the imaginary and the real in The Counterlife, the distinctive dialogues of Deception - Exit Ghost is a reminder of Roth's incomparable style and themes and an amazing leap into yet another phase in this great writer's insatiable commitment to fiction.
Après une enfance passée à Newark, ville portuaire proche de Manhattan, dont est également issu l'écrivain Nick Tosches, Philip Roth étudie à l'université. Son mariage, qui tourne au désastre, est à l'origine des thèmes de ses premiers romans qui soulèveront la polémique, à cause de leur caractère cru et provocateur comme 'Portnoy et son complexe'. Malgré le scandale, Roth est très vite considéré comme un auteur influent. L'écrivain s'engage alors dans ce qu'il définit lui-même comme un combat avec 'les femmes, les rabbins, les hommes politiques, les psychanalystes et les critiques littéraires'. L'oeuvre de Roth, bien qu'essentiellement autobiographique, mélange les genres et passe sans retenue de la fiction à la confession, dans un style jubilatoire.