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New to Vintage Classics, this is Roth’s brilliant conclusion to his eloquent trilogy of post-war America – a magnificent successor to American Pastoral and I Married a Communist

The American psyche is channelled into the gripping story of one man. This is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Philip Roth at his very best.

It is 1998, the year America is plunged into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president. In a small New England town a distinguished professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues allege that he is a racist. The charge is unfounded, the persecution needless, but the truth about Silk would astonish even his most virulent accuser. Coleman Silk has a secret that he has kept for fifty years. This is the conclusion to Roth’s brilliant trilogy of post-war America – a story of seismic shifts in American history and a personal search for renewal and regeneration.

'An extraordinary book - bursting with rage, humming with ideas, full of dazzling sleights of hand' Sunday Telegraph

Reviews

The Human Stain pulses with the strengths that make Roth a prime contender for the status of the most impressive novelist now writing in and about America

Sunday Times

One of his very best... There are passages of such sustained brilliance here that I found myself going over them again and again in gaping disbelief. An extraordinary book - bursting with rage, humming with ideas, full of dazzling sleights of hand

Sunday Telegraph

A novel so furious in its telling, with a plot so intricate in its construction that it is infused with a kind of diabolic joy. A masterpiece

Mail on Sunday

[A] tender, shocking and incendiary story on the failure of the American dream refracted through the prism of race

Arifa Akbar, Guardian

One of the most beautiful books I've ever read

Red

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  • Paperback

    9781784875565

    August 1, 2019

    Vintage Classics

    384 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099282198

    May 4, 2001

    Vintage

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781446400531

    June 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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