Monday, November 23, 2009

Philip Roth Keeps On Punching; Is Nobel Overdue?

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By David Mattin
The National

Philip Roth must be accustomed by now to being called America’s greatest living writer. His extraordinary productivity in the past decade has brought forth novels at a rate of more than one every two years, and upon each publication critics queue to rehearse the superlatives: Roth is a genius, they tell us, the pre-eminent chronicler of that strange, accelerated, furious place that is early 21st-century America. Surely, they say, the Nobel is long overdue.

And the literary world is at it again with the publication of Roth’s 30th novel, The Humbling, about a stage actor who fears that his talent has deserted him.

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