Everything is over for Simon Axler. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his sixties, he has lost his magic, his talent and his assurance. When he goes on stage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot. His wife has gone, his audience has left him, his agent can't persuade him to make a comeback. In this long days journey into night, told with Roths inimitable urgency, bravura and gravity, all our lifes performances talent, love, sex, hope, energy, reputation are stripped bare. Following the dark meditations on mortality and endings in Everyman and Exit Ghost, and the bitterly ironic retrospect on youth and chance in Indignation, Roth has written another in his haunting group of late novels.
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"Roth is no longer a novelist of comic exuberance, but of thoughtful meditation about life and increasingly death; he is our surviving laureate of lateness. His new work will not detain you long, but it will linger" -- Stephen Abell Telegraph "There is a clarity, almost a ruthlessness, to his work, which makes the experience of reading any of his books a bracing, wild ride... He is the great postwar chronicler of America... He is the last of the giants" -- Erica Wagner The Times "The great man of American literature still flashes with brilliance" -- Lucy Tobin Sunday Express "Roth...knows no limits, which is part of the fun of reading him" -- Jason Cowley New Stateman "While the other big beasts of his literary generation lost it one by one, Roth has enjoyed a flowering of late form barely seen since Yeats. And these little masterpieces are coming out once a year, if not faster" Literary ReviewBook Description:
Another brilliant short novel by Philip Roth.
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