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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407018638
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

Sabbath's Theater




Reissued in electric new backlist style, Sabbath's Theater is Philip Roth's astounding masterpiece

'A work of near heroic vitality and cunning' Sunday Telegraph

At sixty-four Mickey Sabbath is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous; sex is an obsession and a principle, an instrument of perpetual misrule in his daily existence.

But after the death of his long-time mistress - an erotic free spirit whose great taste for the impermissible matches his own - Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past. Bereft and grieving, tormented by the ghosts of those who loved and hated him, he contrives a succession of farcical disasters that take him to the brink of madness and extinction...

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407018638
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

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 Sabbath's Theater

Sabbath explodes some mad genie out of his bottle...[Sabbath's Theater] has more firestorming prose than any other novel I have read this year

Observer

In time this will be seen as Roth's best novel so far

James Wood, Guardian, Books of the Year

A work of near-heroic vitality and cunning

Sunday Telegraph

For me, the book of the year - maybe the decade - is Sabbath's Theater...funny...moving, imaginative, deep...A masterpiece

TLS

absolutely filthy book with one of the most unpleasantly priapic and desperate anti-heroes in modern literature. A delight

Nigel Lindsay, Daily Express

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