'Subtle, funny and furious' - Observer
What if a lookalike stranger stole your name, usurped your biography, and went about the world pretending to be you?
In this tour de force of fact and fiction, Philip Roth meets a man who may or may not be Philip Roth. Because someone with that name has been touring the State of Israel, promoting a bizarre exodus in reverse of the Jews. Roth decides to stop him - even if that means impersonating his impersonator.
Suspenseful, hilarious, hugely impassioned, pulsing with intelligence and narrative energy, Operation Shylock is at once a spy story, a political thriller, a meditation on identity, and a confession.
“A very buoyant book, part truth, part fiction, combining sophistication with an equally beguiling vulgarity...it does leave one relishing it and wanting to read more”
“Subtle, funny and furious...Operation Shylock is no mere scrapbook of Roth's favourite topics, but a hefty encyclopaedia... In Roth's canny hands, nothing succeeds like excess”