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The Roth of tenderness and of rage

Philip Roth is a master of voices, shows Claudia Roth Pierpont in Roth Unbound. The biography works because she is one too

4 January 2014

9:00 AM

4 January 2014

9:00 AM

Roth Unbound Claudia Roth Pierpont

Cape, pp.368, £25, ISBN: 9780374280512

In the autumn of 2012, Philip Roth told a French magazine that his latest book, Nemesis, would be his last. The storm of interest this created was surprising, given that he was 78. His creative spurt in his seventies (inexplicable, according to Roth: ‘my breakfast cereal stayed the same’) had given fans the illusion that, in the words of his fictional alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman, ‘one’s story is not a skin to be shed….You

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