Shop Talk

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In Philip Roth's intimate intellectual encounters with an international and diverse cast of writers, they explore the importance of region, politics, and history in their work and trace the imaginative path by which a writer's highly individualised art is informed by the wider conditions of life. Milan Kundera and Czechoslovakia, Primo Levi and Auschwitz, Edna O'Brien and Ireland, Aharon Appelfeld and Bukovina, Ivan Kl-ma and Prague, Isaac Singer and Warsaw, Bruno Schulz and Poland - what is the intricate transaction between the susceptible writer and the provocative time and place? Roth's questions go to the original conditions that stimulate the narrative impulse, and he puts them to writers who are as attuned to the subtleties of literature as to the influence of the surrounding society. Also included here are appreciative portraits of two of Roth's late friends, each transfixed till the end by his artistic vocation - the writer Bernard Malamud and the painter Philip Guston - as well as several cartoons drawn by Guston, a gift to Roth to illustrate his novella The Breast and printed here for the first time. Shop Talk concludes with Roth's essay 'Rereading Saul Bellow', a vivid presentation of Bellow's achievement and, in the spirit of this collection, very much a colleague's reading.

  • EAN 9781446400357
  • Disponibilité Disponible
  • Nombre de pages 176 Pages
  • Distributeur Olf

Philip Roth

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.

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