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Roth, Philip. INDIGNATION. New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 233 pages. As New/As New.

The author's twenty-fifth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. It should also not be confused with copies signed on a tipped-in page that the publisher on the day of publication. Presents the second in Philip Roth's "Nemeses" cycle of short novels, which includes "Everyman" (2006), "The Humbling" (2009), and "Nemesis" (2010). "Plumbs the depths of the Cold War-era male libido, burdened as it is with sexual myths and a consciousness overloaded with vivid images of impending death either by the bomb or in Korea. At least this is the way things appear to narrator Marcus Messner, the 19-year-old son of a Newark kosher butcher. Perhaps because Marcus' Dad saw his two brothers' only sons die in the Second World War, he becomes an overprotective paranoid when Marcus turns 18, prompting Marcus to flee to Winesburg College in Ohio. Though the distance helps, Marcus, too, is haunted by the idea that flunking out of college means going to Korea. The terrible sadness of Marcus' life is rendered palpable by Roth's fierce grasp of the psychology of this butcher's boy, down to his bought-for-Winesburg wardrobe. It's a melancholy triumph and a cogent reflection on society in a time of war" (Publishers Weekly). Some critics have noted that "Indignation" revisits "Portnoy's Complaint", from a tragic rather than parodic worldview, and they are right. It is Roth writing in his maturity (and at the peak of his powers) on adolescence and sexual experience as signs of a closely intertwined vitality and mortality. Another masterly novel from the writer Harold Bloom regards as the greatest living American novelist, this is a "must-have" title for Philip Roth collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Philip Roth. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as most copies available online are. It is not stamped with any bookstore's name. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of every major literary award: The National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, all of which he won twice. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for "American Pastoral". Recipient of the National Medal For The Arts in 1998. Recipient of the Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002. Six of Philip Roth's novels were selected as among the Top 20 works of American fiction of the last 25 years: "American Pastoral", "The Counterlife", "Operation Shylock", "Sabbath's Theater", "The Human Stain", and "The Plot Against America". Philip Roth won the very first PEN/Saul Bellow Award in 2007 for "a distinguished living American author of fiction whose body of work in English possesses qualities of excellence, ambition, and scale of achievement over a sustained career which place him in the highest rank of American literature". One of the greatest living writers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIP ROTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 054705484X. $200.00

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