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The Best Fiction of 2010
24 Jan 2011 // 3:00 PM
Tucked into this wide-ranging list of comics collections, retro-inspired literature and cross-overs, are glimmers of something sweet, something to temper the usual Literary Drearies we all love and appreciate. And that’s just the way it should be.
PopMatters Picks: The Best of Books 2009: Fiction
20 Jan 2010 // 3:00 PM
More than half of the titles in this year’s selections offer grim portraits of the human condition, some with more wit and optimism than others, and a surprising number of legendary authors complete the portraiture and theme.
In America, Imagination is a Third Party: The Presidency in Fiction
10 Jan 2013 // 4:25 PM
Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?
Philip Roth's 'Nemesis': The Case Against God and Man
11 Oct 2010 // 4:00 PM
Here is Philip Roth in his familiar, brutal finery, his most biting and honest eloquence: the great existential wondering which has tormented so many of his characters.
The Humbling by Philip Roth
9 Nov 2009 // 3:00 PM
Simon Axler, a stage and screen actor of near legendary stature, has earned the “reputation as the last of the best of the classical American stage actors.” The novel begins: “He’d lost his magic.”
Exit Ghost by Philip Roth
7 Oct 2007 // 5:00 PM
No one can complain that Philip Roth, of all authors, is politically correct, or that he pretends to be something other than his highly sexualized, readily outraged, and coruscatingly intelligent self.
The Imagined Hells of Philip Roth
6 Oct 2010 // 4:00 AM
Perhaps one of the keys to aging as a writer, Philip Roth is saying, is how one engages with calamity. Certainly, that's an issue in his latest novel, Nemesis.
New novel takes Philip Roth back to college
8 Oct 2008 // 11:04 AM
Philip Roth excavates and reimagines his life the way Balzac channeled Paris, Dickens reproduced London, and, perhaps most aptly, Heinrich Schliemann dug up Troy --