By Ross Posnock
Has somebody ever labored more durable and longer at being immature than Philip Roth? The novelist himself mentioned the ambiguity, announcing that once setting up a name for adulthood with earnest novels, he "worked long and hard and diligently" to be frivolous--an attempt that ended in the notoriously immature Portnoy's Complaint (1969). Three-and-a-half a long time and greater than twenty books later, Roth remains to be at his severe "pursuit of the unserious." yet his paintings of immaturity has itself matured, constructing amazing hyperlinks with traditions of immaturity--an American one who comprises Emerson, Melville, and Henry James, and a past due twentieth-century jap ecu one who built in response to totalitarianism. In Philip Roth's impolite Truth--one of the 1st significant reports of Roth's occupation as a whole--Ross Posnock examines Roth's "mature immaturity" in all its intensity and richness.
Philip Roth's impolite Truth will strength readers to re-examine the slim different types into which Roth has usually been slotted--laureate of Newark, New Jersey; junior associate within the enterprise Salinger, Bellow, Mailer, and Malamud; Jewish-American regionalist. In dramatic distinction to those caricatures, the Roth who emerges from Posnock's readable and intellectually vivid examine is a brilliant cosmopolitan within the culture of Henry James and Milan Kundera.