American Pastoral

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August 1998



A wide-ranging and characteristically perceptive novel from Philip Roth, which explores the notion of the American dream from a variety of perspectives. Set mainly in the turbulence and conflict of the 1960s, it sets the middle-class aspirations of a father against the revolutionary tendencies of his daughter, elucidating the contradictions and transitions which beset America as a country during that period of history. "His second masterpiece in two years...a momentous novel" "Observer".


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 craftmanship' 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.' Roth is the only living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. The last of the eight volumes is scheduled for publication in 2013.


"Brilliantly written...angry, grieving, witty, acute...compellingly and convincingly rendered" Sunday Times "A momentous novel" Observer "Full of insight, full of sharp ironic twists, full of wisdom about American idealism, and full of terrific fun... A profound and personal meditation on the changes in the American psyche over the last fifty years" Financial Times "A tragedy of classical proportions...a magnificent novel" The Times "Wonderful, rich...entirely gripping" Sunday Telegraph
EAN: 9780099771814
ISBN: 0099771810
Untertitel: 'Vintage Books'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Random House UK Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1998
Seitenanzahl: 423 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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