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Reissued in electric new backlist style, The Ghost Writer is the first in Philip Roth's famous series of Zuckerman Books

When talented young writer Nathan Zuckerman makes his pilgrimage to sit at the feet of his hero, the reclusive master of American Literature, E. I. Lonoff, he soon finds himself enmeshed in the great Jewish writer's domestic life, with all its complexity, artifice and drive for artistic truth.

As Nathan sits in breathlessly awkward conversation with his idol, a glimpse of a dark-haired beauty through a closing doorway leaves him reeling. He soon learns that the entrancing vision is Amy Bellette, but her position in the Lonoff household - student? mistress? - remains tantalisingly unclear. Over a disturbed and confusing dinner, Nathan gleans snippets of Amy’s haunting Jewish background, and begins to draw his own fantastical conclusions…

Reviews

Roth's best novel yet

London Review of Books

I had only to read the two opening sentences to realize that I was once again in the hands of a superbly endowed storyteller

New York Review of Books

Further evidence that Roth can do practically anything with fiction. His narrative power - the ability to delight the reader simultaneously with the telling and the tale - is superb

Washington Post

His prose is immaculate yet curiously plain and unostentatious, as natural as brething

Al Alvarez

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  • EBook

    9781446401347

    June 8, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    192 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099477570

    August 1, 2005

    Vintage

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

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