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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446400234
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

Patrimony

A True Story




A simple, moving, generous work - Independent

herman Roth is eighty-six years old, a widower and retired insurance manager, suffering from a brain tumour and fighting death. In a remarka ble act of memory, elegy and appreciation, Philip roth creates his most irrepressible and irresistible hero yet - his father.

  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446400234
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the author

Philip Roth

Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey on 19 March 1933. The second child of second-generation Americans, Bess and Herman Roth, Roth grew up in the largely Jewish community of Weequahic, a neighbourhood he was to return to time and again in his writing. After graduating from Weequahic High School in 1950, he attended Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, where he received a scholarship to complete his M.A. in English Literature.

In 1959, Roth published Goodbye, Columbus – a collection of stories, and a novella – for which he received the National Book Award. Ten years later, the publication of his fourth novel, Portnoy’s Complaint, brought Roth both critical and commercial success, firmly securing his reputation as one of America’s finest young writers. Roth was the author of thirty-one books, including those that were to follow the fortunes of Nathan Zuckerman, and a fictional narrator named Philip Roth, through which he explored and gave voice to the complexities of the American experience in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.

Roth’s lasting contribution to literature was widely recognised throughout his lifetime, both in the US and abroad. Among other commendations he was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the International Man Booker Prize, twice the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, and presented with the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal by Presidents Clinton and Obama, respectively.

Philip Roth died on 22 May 2018 at the age of eighty-five having retired from writing six years previously.

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Praise for Patrimony

His best work since The Counterlife

Observer

A true story, yes, but told with all the powerful authority and cunning narrative order of a major writer

Sunday Times

Nobody writes about the American family with more tenderness and honesty

New Statesman

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away - with words. But the Lord giveth back, miraculously, in the form of this book and this family history

Guardian

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