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978-0-375-71413-9 / 0375714138

Shop Talk: A Writer and His Colleagues and Their Work

by Roth, Philip

Publisher:Vintage

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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In Philip Roths intimate intellectual encounters with an international and diverse cast of writers, they explore the importance of region, politics and history in their work and trace the imaginative path by which a writers highly individualized art is informed by the wider conditions of life.

With Primo Levi, Roth discusses the stubborn core of rationality that helped the Italian chemist-writer survive the demented laboratory of Auschwitz. With Milan Kundera, he analyzes the mix of politics and sexuality that made him the most subversive writer in communist Czechoslovakia. With Edna OBrien, he explores the circumstances that have forced generations of Irish writers into exile. Elsewhere Roth offers appreciative portraits of two friendsthe writer Bernard Malamud and the painter Philip Gustonat the end of their careers, and gives us a masterful assessment of the work of Saul Bellow. Intimate, charming, and crackling with ideas about the interplay between imagination and the writers historical situation, Shop Talk is a literary symposium of the highest level, presided over by Americas foremost novelist.

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