Shop Talk

Shop Talk

A Writer and His Colleagues and Their Work

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Houghton
In Philip Roth’s intimate intellectual encounters with an international and diverse cast of writers, they explore the importance of region, politics, and history in their work and trace the imaginative path by which a writer’s highly individualized art is informed by the wider conditions of life.
Milan Kundera and Czechoslovakia, Primo Levi and Auschwitz, Edna O’Brien and Ireland, Aharon Appelfeld and Bukovina, Ivan Klíma and Prague, Isaac Singer and Warsaw, Bruno Schulz and Poland what is the intricate transaction between the susceptible writer and the provocative time and place? Roth’s questions go to the original conditions that stimulate the narrative impulse, and he puts them to writers who are as attuned to the subtleties of literature as to the influence of the surrounding society.
Also included here are appreciative portraits of two of Roth’s late friends, each transfixed till the end by his artistic vocation the writer Bernard Malamud and the painter Philip Guston as well as several cartoons drawn by Guston, a gift to Roth to illustrate his novella THE BREAST and printed here for the first time. SHOP TALK concludes with Roth’s essay Rereading Saul Bellow,” a vivid presentation of Bellow’s achievement and, in the spirit of this collection, very much a colleague’s reading.


Baker & Taylor
In a fascinating look at the work of an international cast of writers--including Milan Kundera, Primo Levi, Isaac Singer, and Edna O'Brien--the acclaimed author of The Dying Animal explores the significance of region, history, and politics on an author's work and the ways in which the broader conditions of life influence a writer's deeply personal art. 35,000 first printing.

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The eminent novelist talks with Primo Levi, Aharon Appelfeld, Ivan Klfma, Isaac Bashevis singer (about Bruno Schulz), Milan Kundera, Edna O'Brien, and Mary McCarthy. He also offers portraits of his friends Bernard Malamud and painter Philip Guston, and a rereading of Saul Bellow. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In a look at the work of an international cast of writers, the author explores the significance of region, history, and politics on an author's work and the ways in which the broader conditions of life influence a writer's personal art.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001
ISBN: 9780618153145
0618153144
Branch Call Number: 809 ROT
Characteristics: 160 p. ; 22 cm

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Jan 06, 2014

Esteemed (and recently retired) novelist Philip Roth sits down with some of his fellow writers to have conversations about. . .writing! The theme seems to be Jewish writers (Primo Levi, Aharon Appelfeld) and European writers (Milan Kundera, Ivan Klima). He also has a short correspondence with Mary McCarthy and appreciative essays on Saul Bellow (a huge influence on Roth), Bernard "Magic Barrel" Malamud and the artist Philip Guston, which includes a few of his sketches of Roth's "The Breast."

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