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Sabbath's Theater
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Sabbath's Theater

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Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth

Book Awards

  • Winner of United States National Book Awards: Fiction 1995.
  • Shortlisted for Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1996.

Book Description

Sabbath's Theater is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is its gargantuan hero. Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Sabbath at sixty-four is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his long-time mistress - an erotic free spirit whose adulterous daring exceeds even his own - Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past. Bereft and grieving, besieged by the ghosts of those who loved and hated him most, he contrives a succession of farcical disasters that take him to the brink of madness and extinction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099582014
ISBN-10: 0099582015
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 28mm)
Pages: 498
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Meet Mickey Sabbath, the latest id-driven, angst-ridden member of Philip Roth's rogues' gallery. Sexagenarian Sabbath, quondam puppeteer, does not know whether to live or die. All the familiar Roth themes are here - conscience and carnality, the Jewish middle-class male's obsession with the upper-class WASP female, the infantilism in all men - but they are presented in a style that has lost none of its power. Roth's prose shines like a lovingly-polished jewel. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » If Chaucer's Wife of Bath had been a male Jewish sexagenarian, she might have sounded a lot like Morris"Mickey" Sabbath. He's the lustful egomaniac whose breakneck chutzpah powers Roth's brilliant new novel - his funniest since the palmy days, so to speak, of Portnoy's Complaint. Sabbath was once a notorious puppeteer, whose "Indecent Theater" performances evinced "an unseemly, brilliantly disgusting talent." Now aged 64, on the outs with the wife who bores him (and supports him), Mickey vacillates between clinging to life and preparing for death. He recalls those who needed him or fed his various hungers, including his first wife, Nikki, a beautiful cipher who simply walked out of his life one day and never reappeared; his dead mother, who endured the majority of her years mourning the death in wartime combat of Mickey's older brother Morty; and his dead mistress Drenka, a sexual athlete whose exploits moved him to cheers - all the people he has loved, hated, exploited, abused, and lost. Effectively exiled from his upstate New York home, Sabbath wanders to Manhattan for one old friend's funeral, moves in with another (whose wife and daughter he schemes to seduce), survives the mean city streets' dangers (in a rude and hilarious parody of Saul Bellow's Mr. Sammler's Planet), and repeatedly performs an act of typically Rothian homage at Drenka's gravesite. There's a delirious, exhilarating grandeur in the mad old man's defiant refusal to mourn or regret, his visceral determination to squeeze every drop of pleasure out of every experience still within his reach. Death may beckon, but, as Mickey Sabbath keeps blissfully rediscovering, "Something always [comes] along to make you keep living, goddamnit." No writer since Henry Miller has depicted sex as the driving force of life with such a scintillating combination of wit and heat. Roth here creates one of contemporary fiction's great characters - and manages the Herculean feat of containing him in a savage, spectacular novel that may well be his best. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Philip Roth

Philip Roth has won America's four major literary awards with his last four books, all published in the 1990s. Patrimony won the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award, Operation Shylock won the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Sabbath's Theater the 1995 National Book Award. American Pastoral received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Philip Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1933. He was educated at Bucknell University and the University of Chicago. Since 1972 he has lived in Connecticut.

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