Zuckerman Unbound

Zuckerman Unbound

This is the same Nathan Zuckerman who in Philip Roth's much praised The Ghost Writer was the dedicated young apprentice drawing sustenance from the great books and the integrity of their authors.

Author: Philip Roth

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781466846456

Category: Fiction

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Philip Roth's fictional alter-ego returns in Zuckerman Unbound, "...masterful, sure in every touch." (The New York Times) The sensationalizing sixties are coming to an end, and even writing a novel can make you a star. The writer Nathan Zuckerman publishes his fourth book, an aggressive, abrasive, and comically erotic novel entitled Carnovsky, and all at once he is on the cover of Life, one of the decade's most notorious celebrities. This is the same Nathan Zuckerman who in Philip Roth's much praised The Ghost Writer was the dedicated young apprentice drawing sustenance from the great books and the integrity of their authors. Now in his mid-thirties, Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his fame, ventures out on the streets of Manhattan, and not only is he assumed to be his own fictional satyr, Gilbert Carnovsky ("Hey, you do all that stuff in that book?"), but he also finds himself the target of admirers, admonishers, advisers, and would-be literary critics. The recent murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., lead an unsettled Nathan Zuckerman to wonder if "target" may be more than a figure of speech. Yet, streetcorner recognition and media notoriety are the least disturbing consequences of writing Carnovsky. Against his best interests, the newly renowned novelist retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages, perhaps irreparably, his affectionate connection to his younger brother and his family. Even when finally he lives out the fantasies of his fans and enjoys an exhilarating night with the beautiful and worldly film star Caesara O'Shea (a rather more capable celebrity), he is dismayed the following morning by the caliber of the competition up in the erotic big leagues. In some of Zuckerman Unbound's funniest episodes Zuckerman endures the blandishments of another New Jersey boy who has briefly achieved his own moment of stardom. He is the broken and resentful fan Alvin Pepler, in the fifties a national celebrity on the TV quiz show "Smart Money." Thrust back into obscurity when headlined scandals forced the quiz show off the air, Pepler now attaches himself to Zuckerman and won't let go--an "Angel of Manic Delights" to the amused novelist (who momentarily sees him as his "pop self"), and yet also the likely source of a demonic threat. But the surprise that fate finally delivers is more devilish than any cooked up by Alvin Pepler, or even by Zuckerman's imagination. In the coronary-care unit of a Miami Hospital, Nathan's father bestows upon his older son not a blessing but what seems to be a curse. And, in an astonishingly bitter final turn, a confrontation with his brother opens the way for the novelist's deep and painful understanding of the deathblow that Carnovsky has dealt to his own past.
Categories: Fiction

New York Magazine

New York Magazine

Zuckerman Unbound, by Philip Roth. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $10.95. "IT'S NO PICNIC UP THERE IN THE EGO- sphere," E. I. Lonoff tells Nathan Zuckerman, then a young short-story writer who comes to pay his respects to the master in ...





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New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.

The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth

The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth

Zuckerman Unbound In the second novel of the trilogy Nathan Zuckerman, now the infamous author of the scandalous bestseller, Carnovsky – comparable in its family focus and its raucous sexuality to Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint ...

Author: Timothy Parrish

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139827935

Category: Literary Criticism


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From the moment that his debut book, Goodbye, Columbus (1959), won him the National Book Award, Philip Roth has been among the most influential and controversial writers of our age. Now the author of more than twenty novels, numerous stories, two memoirs, and two books of literary criticism, Roth has used his writing to continually reinvent himself and in doing so to remake the American literary landscape. This Companion provides the most comprehensive introduction to his works and thought in a collection of newly commissioned essays from distinguished scholars. Beginning with the urgency of Roth's early fiction and extending to the vitality of his most recent novels, these essays trace Roth's artistic engagement with questions about ethnic identity, postmodernism, Israel, the Holocaust, sexuality, and the human psyche itself. With its chronology and guide to further reading, this Companion will be essential for new and returning Roth readers, students and scholars.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Fine Meshwork

Fine Meshwork

Roth, Zuckerman Unbound, 245, 142; Kaplan, Jewish Anxiety, 46; Roth, Zuckerman Unbound, 243, 246. 28. Roth, Zuckerman Unbound, 157; Jacobson, Whiteness of a Different Color, 7; Tresa Grauer, “Identity Matters: Contemporary Jewish ...

Author: Dan O'Brien

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815654674

Category: Literary Criticism

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In a 1984 interview with longtime friend Edna O’Brien, Philip Roth describes her writing as "a piece of fine meshwork, a net of perfectly observed sensuous details that enables you to contain all the longing and pain and remorse that surge through the fiction." The phrase "fine meshwork" can apply not only to O’Brien’s writing but also to the connective threads that bind her work to others’, including, most illuminatingly, Roth’s. Since the publication of their first controversial novels in the 1950s and 1960s, Roth and O’Brien have always argued against the isolation of mind from body, autobiography from fiction, life from art, and self from nation. In Fine Meshwork, Dan O’Brien investigates the shared concerns of these two authors, now regarded as literary icons in their home countries. He traces their fifty-year literary friendship and the striking parallels in their books and reception, bringing together what, at first glance, seem to be quite disparate milieus: the largely feminist and Irish scholarship on O’Brien with Jewish and American perspectives on Roth. In doing so, and in considering them in a transnational context, he argues that the intertwined nature of their writing symbolizes the far-ranging symbiosis between Irish literature and its American—particularly Jewish American—counterpart.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Philip Roth and the Jews

Philip Roth and the Jews

Zuckerman Unbound is about the irony of success, becoming prisoner of a resentful public; it is also about casting off fathers and all they stand for. The Anatomy Lesson is about the imprisonment of self-absorption, of inscribing the ...

Author: Alan Cooper

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9780791499641

Category: History

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Examines Philip Roth's use of Jewish ideas and materials in his novels, considering also the responses to Roth's work and his relations with the Jewish community and contemporary Jewish writers.
Categories: History

The Major Phases of Philip Roth

The Major Phases of Philip Roth

And two books in Zuckerman Bound, Zuckerman Unbound and The Prague Orgy, each feature an actress who has performed in the role ofAnne in The Diary ofAnne Frank. When Zuckerman learns that Caesara O'Shea, the glamorous Irish movie star ...

Author: David Gooblar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441186317

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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An excellent account and reflection on each diverse stage of Philip Roth's 50-year career.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Philip Roth

Philip Roth

and time again as a writer of fiction , and Zuckerman Unbound is , in some ways , part of his retort - a sort of " mock - autobiography " or " mockumentary , " to borrow a term from the film , This Is Spinal Tap , of a Jewish American ...

Author: Derek Parker Royal

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275983633


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Offering fresh insight into Roth's works, this volume covers the entire oeuvre to date and addresses common themes and issues.



Zuckerman Unbound is a very funny account of the consequences of not observing the distinction. Some consequences are easy to live with — Zuckerman's sexual renown allows him to bed film stars — others are very sad: Zuckerman senior's ...

Author: William Boyd

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408835951

Category: Literary Collections

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Throughout his career as a novelist, William Boyd has never stopped writing non-fiction, providing a fascinating counterpoint to the world of his novels. Bamboo gathers together Boyd's writing on literature, art, the movie business, television, people he has met, places he has visited and autobiographical reflections on his African childhood and his years at boarding school. From Pablo Picasso to the allure of the British caff, from Charles Dickens to Catherine Deneuve, from mini-cabs to Brideshead Revisited, this collection proves an engrossing and revealing companion to the work of one of Britain's leading novelists.
Categories: Literary Collections

The American Novel After Ideology 1961 2000

The American Novel After Ideology  1961  2000

Zuckerman Unbound . Zuckerman Bound : A Trilogy and Epilogue 1979–1985 . New York : Library of America , 2007. 117–262 . Roth , Philip 1983. The Anatomy Lesson . Zuckerman Bound : A Trilogy and Epilogue 1979–1985 .

Author: Laurie Rodrigues

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501361876

Category: Literary Criticism

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Claims of ideology's end are, on the one hand, performative denials of ideology's inability to end; while, on the other hand, paradoxically, they also reiterate an idea that 'ending' is simply what all ideologies eventually do. Situating her work around the intersecting publications of Daniel Bell's The End of Ideology (1960) and J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey (1961), Laurie Rodrigues argues that American novels express this paradox through nuanced applications of non-realist strategies, distorting realism in manners similar to ideology's distortions of reality, history, and belief. Reflecting the astonishing cultural variety of this period, The American Novel After Ideology, 1961 - 2000 examines Franny and Zooey, Carlene Hatcher Polite's The Flagellants (1967), Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead (1991), and Philip Roth's The Human Stain (2001) alongside the various discussions around ideology with which they intersect. Each novel's plotless narratives, dissolving subjectivities, and cultural codes organize the texts' peculiar relations to the post-ideological age, suggesting an aesthetic return of the repressed.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Comic Sense

Comic Sense

1.2 Nathan Parricida and 'Appel' the Porn-King The Nathan Zuckerman weneetin the next novels, Zuckerman Unbound and Then Anatomy Lesson (set more than a decade later in 1969 and 1973 respectively), has become famous for a book, ...

Author: Thomas Pughe

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 9783034877466

Category: Literary Criticism

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The idea for this study came to me in the course of my reading of innova tive US-American! fiction of the last three decades. I observed that much of it is cast in the comic mode - or, more precisely, that there seems to be in contemporary fiction an affinity between 'innovation' and 'the comic' and that this affinity, furthermore, appears to be characteristic of postmo dernism. It is obvious, at the same time, that comic has become an elusive and, more often than not, a disputable category. Frederick Karl, in his sur vey of American Fictions 1940-1980, maintains, for instance, that much comic writing consists in ridicule that lacks deeper intellectual and cul tural roots. "Wit and mockery," he notes, "by themselves have little lasting value. Even in the best of such fiction, Gravity's Rainbow, one is made aware of attenuated skits stiched onto previous segments, rather than baked in by a defined point of view. " (Karl: 27) Such assessments of course challenge my view that the comic is in significant ways connected with what is innovative in postmodernist US-American fiction. Yet the term comic -or related terms like humour, parody, irony and so fort- is regularly and heavily employed in discussions or reviews of con temporary fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism