Description - Patrimony by Philip Roth
This is novelist Philip Roth's account of his 86-year-old father's last year. Suffering from a brain tumour and fighting death, Herman is accompanied through each fearful stage of his final ordeal by his son, who, marvelling at his father's long, stubborn engagement with life, recounts a relationship full of love and dread. Conspicuous throughout the book are Herman's tough integrity and moments of humour, but it is also an intensely painful story, as Philip Roth has to decide whether or not to terminate his father's life.
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(197mm x 128mm x 14mm)
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Author Biography - Philip Roth
In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians' Prize for 'the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004'. Recently Roth received PEN's two most prestigious prizes: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award 'for a body of work ... of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship' and in 2007 the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, given to a writer whose 'scale of achievement over a sustained career ... places him or her in the highest rank of American literature'. In 2011 Roth won the International Man Booker Prize. Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America.