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Philip Roth's entire oeuvre – 31 books – to be reissued in electric new Vintage jackets for October 2016

In search of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament marked by an institutionalised oppression that is rather different from his own. He also discovers, among the subjugated writers with whom he quickly becomes embroiled in a series of bizarre and poignant adventures, an appealingly perverse kind of heroism.

The Prague Orgy, consisting of entries from Zuckerman's notebooks recording his sojourn among these outcast artists, completes the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound. It provides a startling ending to Roth's intricately designed magnum opus on the unforeseen consequences of art.

Reviews

Scabrous, gutsy and scathing

The Times

Obscenely outrageous and yet brilliantly reflective of a paranoid reality that has become universal. It is the best of Roth, a kind of coda to all his fiction so far

Harold Bloom, New York Times Book Review

This fitting capstone to Roth's Zuckerman trilogy proves that no one now writing can be funnier and more passionately serious than Philip Roth

The Times

A black fable about the lies and fictions which are the life blood of both politics and literature

Sunday Times

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    9781446401224

    June 8, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    96 pages

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    9780099476511

    December 1, 1995

    Vintage

    96 pages

    RRP $19.99

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