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The Library of America’s definitive version of Philip Roth’s collected works continues with two novels that heralded the start of a greater than decade-long inventive explosion-one outstanding in an older author and hailed by critics as unparalleled in American literary historical past. Within the diabolically imaginative Operation Shylock (1993), a personality named Philip Roth encounters a look-alike who claims Roth’s identification and who excursions Israel selling a weird reverse exodus of the Jews-proselytizing the “actual” Roth is intent on stopping, even when it means impersonating his impersonator.
“This splendidly depraved ebook” is how the critic Frank Kermode described Sabbath’s Theater (1995), a comic book masterpiece of epic proportions whose gargantuan hero, Mickey Sabbath, grieving the lack of his unsurpassable mistress, embarks on a turbulent journey into his previous besieged by the ghosts of those that beloved and hated him most.

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