Zuckerman Unbound

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Random House, Jun 30, 2011 - Fiction - 240 pages
19 Reviews

Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his newfound fame as a bestselling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhattan in the final year of the turbulent sixties. Not only is he assumed by his fans to be his own fictional satyr, Gilbert Carnovsky, but he also finds himself the target of admonishers, advisers, and literary critics. The recent murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., lead an unsettled Zuckerman to wonder if 'target' may be more than a figure of speech.

In Zuckerman Unbound - the second volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound - the notorious novelist retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages, perhaps irreparably, his affectionate connection to his younger brother...and all because of his great good fortune.

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Review: Zuckerman Unbound (Zuckerman Bound #2)

User Review  - Hernán M. - Goodreads

An outstanding improvement over The Ghost Writer, this novel fathoms on Zuckerman's dissatisfaction with sucess. Only a bored and resignated socialite as him would befriend Alvin Pepler's absurd lies ... Read full review

Review: Zuckerman Unbound (Zuckerman Bound #2)

User Review  - Robert Poor - Goodreads

"Zuckerman Unbound," the second of Philip Roth's series centered around writer and alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman, occurs about ten years after the first. Now, in the late sixties, we see Zuckerman in the ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

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.

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