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Roth, Philip. THE HUMBLING. New York City, NY: Houghton And Mifflin, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 145 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's twenty-sixth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Philip Roth's meditation on (and confrontation of) life-as-performance, that is, as humbling performance. It is the third in Philip Roth's "Nemeses" cycle of short novels, which includes "Everyman" (2006), "Indignation" (2008), and "Nemesis" (2010). A legendary actor feels his once-formidable powers suddenly deserting him and goes through a late-life, epic crisis. Roth writes what amounts to a spare and unsparing examination of the self. Throughout his entire oeuvre and especially so in his Late Period, Philip Roth's narratives on the vitality/mortality theme are "told with inimitable urgency, bravura, and gravity; all the ways that we convince ourselves of our solidity, all our life's performances - talent, love, sex, hope, energy, reputation - are stripped off" (Publisher's blurb). In this sense, he (and the Roth-ian universe) reminds us, dare one say it, of both Shakespeare and Ingmar Bergman. A "must-have" title for Philip Roth collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 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". One of the greatest living writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIP ROTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0547239696. $40.00

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