The Ghost Writer

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Vintage Books, 1979 - Fiction - 179 pages
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The Ghost Writer introduces Nathan Zuckerman in the 1950s, a budding writer infatuated with the Great Books, discovering the contradictory claims of literature and experience while an overnight guest in the secluded New England farmhouse of his idol, E. I. Lonoff.

At Lonoff's, Zuckerman meets Amy Bellette, a haunting young woman of indeterminate foreign background who turns out to be a former student of Lonoff's and who may also have been his mistress. Zuckerman, with his active, youthful imagination, wonders if she could be the paradigmatic victim of Nazi persecution. If she were, it might change his life.

The first volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound, The Ghost Writer is about the tensions between literature and life, artistic truthfulness and conventional decency—and about those implacable practitioners who live with the consequences of sacrificing one for the other.

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Roth's prose is perfect. - Goodreads
The ending is startlingly uncomfortable. - Goodreads
I see Roth as a great American writer. - Goodreads
And yet, that's pretty much what writing is. - Goodreads
Of course, everyone asks who the ghost writer is. - Goodreads
Reading this book makes you want to be a writer, too. - Goodreads

Review: The Ghost Writer (Zuckerman Bound #1)

User Review  - Austin - Goodreads

Picked this up off my coffee table yesterday (laying on my sofa with a stomach bug) around 3pm and read it straight through, finishing around 2am. This is one of those books that makes you get out a ... Read full review

Review: The Ghost Writer (Zuckerman Bound #1)

User Review  - Douglas Feil - Goodreads

How did this not win the Pulitzer? How has Roth not won a Nobel? This was one of the most brilliant works of art I've ever encountered. Far and away, the best book I've read all year. This is the type ... Read full review

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About the author (1979)

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. 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 awards: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American novelist to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize.


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