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Shop talk : a writer and his colleagues and their work

Author: Philip Roth
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Philip Roth's intimate intellectual encounters with an international & diverse cast of writers, they explore the importance of region, politics, & history in their work & trace the imaginative path by which a writer's highly individualized art is informed by the wider conditions of life. Milan Kundera & Czechoslovakia, Primo Levi & Auschwitz, Edna O'Brien & Ireland, Aharon Appelfeld & Bukovina, Ivan Klima &  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Entretiens
Named Person: Philip Roth
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Roth
ISBN: 0618153144 9780618153145
OCLC Number: 46683862
Description: 160 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Conversation in Turin with Primo Levi --
Conversation in Jerusalem with Aharon Appelfeld --
Conversation in Prague with Ivan Klima --
Conversation in New York with Isaac Bashevis Singer about Bruno Schulz --
Conversation in London and Connecticut with Milan Kundera --
Conversation in London with Edna O'Brien --
An exchange with Mary McCarthy --
Pictures of Malamud --
Pictures by Guston --
Rereading Saul Bellow.
Responsibility: Philip Roth.
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In Philip Roth's intimate intellectual encounters with an international & diverse cast of writers, they explore the importance of region, politics, & history in their work & trace the imaginative path by which a writer's highly individualized art is informed by the wider conditions of life. Milan Kundera & Czechoslovakia, Primo Levi & Auschwitz, Edna O'Brien & Ireland, Aharon Appelfeld & Bukovina, Ivan Klima & Prague, Isaac Singer & Warsaw, Bruno Schulz & Poland -- what is the intricate transaction between the susceptible writer & the provocative time & place? Roth's questions go to the original conditions that stimulate the narrative impulse, & he puts them to writers who are as attuned to the subtleties of literature as to the influence of the surrounding society. Also included here are appreciative portraits of two of Roth's late friends, each transfixed till the end by his artistic vocation -- the writer Bernard Malamud & the painter Philip Guston -- as well as several cartoons drawn by Guston, a gift to Roth to illustrate his novella The Breast & printed here for the first time. Shop Talk concludes with Roth's essay "Rereading Saul Bellow," a vivid presentation of Bellow's achievement and, in the spirit of this collection, very much a colleague's reading.

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