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New to Vintage Classics, this is the Pulitzer-prize winning novel that exposed the American psyche. Still profoundly resonant today, it confirmed Philip Roth as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.

‘Swede’ Levov is living the American dream. He glides through life cocooned by his devoted family, lucrative business, sporting prowess and good looks. He is the embodiment of thriving, post-war America, land of liberty and hope. Until one sunny day in 1968, when Swede’s daughter, Merry, commits an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism and the Levov family is plunged into mayhem. This is the Pulitzer-prize winning novel that confirmed Philip Roth as one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century and that still profoundly resonates today.

'A profound and personal meditation on the changes in the American psyche over the last fifty years' Financial Times

'A tragedy of classical proportions...a magnificent novel' The Times

Reviews

Marvellous... Raging and elegaic

Guardian

Full of insight, full of sharp ironic twists, full of wisdom about American idealism, and full of terrific fun... A profound and personal meditation on the changes in the American psyche over the last fifty years

Financial Times

A tragedy of classical proportions...a magnificent novel

The Times

Wonderful, rich...entirely gripping

Sunday Telegraph

A momentous novel

Observer

Brilliantly written...angry, grieving, witty, acute...compellingly and convincingly rendered

Sunday Times

Utterly tragic and compelling. It's one of the greatest modern American novels

Tatler

Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is one of those books you know is going to change you in some profound way shortly after you start reading it and it did for me. I read it last summer and nothing has quite surpassed it for me since. A very painful read.

Angea Nagle, Irish Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784875541

    October 1, 2019

    Vintage Classics

    448 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099771814

    April 6, 1998

    Vintage

    432 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
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    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au