Philip Roth on Nemesis

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth discusses his latest novel, Nemesis. It’s about a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 and the effect it has on a Newark community. It explores the emotions such a pestilence can breed: fear, panic, anger, bewilderment, asks questions about the kind of accidental choices that fatally shape a life, and how an individual can withstand the onslaught of circumstance.


Philip Roth

Comments [4]

Randy from Chicago

I'm always amazed at how unpretentious and approachable Roth is in his interviews. As a writer, I can fully relate to his statement on crafting and rewriting a story. From the author's perspective, there's never a point reached where a first draft is written flawlessly. Each book the author approaches like a child: inexperienced, unsure of the outcome, and not knowing whether the story will have been worth the while when the end is reached (though one can hopefully tell sooner rather than later!).

Also, kudos to Mr. Roth for bouncing back from his atrocious "The Humbling" with "Nemesis." I guess if you're that prolific, you have to expect a few disappointments along the way.

Nov. 24 2010 02:32 PM
Diane Spiegel Belok from Teaneck, Nj

I'm listening to your program as I type this and it brings back fond memories of my parents who grew up in Newark. I also am thinking of his parents Herman and Bessie who were my father, Sidney cousin's and who were at my wedding 30 years ago. We have tried to get in contact with Philip through his publisher but have not been successful. Maybe you could help, Mr Lopate. Happy Thanksgiving, Diane Spiegel Belok

Nov. 24 2010 12:29 PM
john from office

Jewish Navel gazing.

Why was his generation of american jews prepared to enlist and yours Len was not and still dont?

Nov. 24 2010 12:25 PM
Amazon price

I just jumped over to Amazon to take a look at the new book. The book is 50% off there. Please ask Mr. Roth if that has any impact on his earnings. How is his deal structured?

Sorry to be gauche, but these things interest me.

Nov. 24 2010 12:12 PM

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