AS MUCH AS AS HE WANTS TO BE THE MAQUIS DE SADE, HE IS NOT. AS MUCH AS HE WANTS TO BE SEVENTEEN, HE IS NOT. AS MUCH AS HE WANTS TO BE DEAD, HE IS NOT.
He is Mickey Sabbath, the aging, raging powerhouse whose savage effrontery and mocking audacity are at the heart of Philip Roth's bold and hilarious new novel.
Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Sabbath at sixty-four is still defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But, after the death of his long-time mistress---an exotic free spirit whose adulterous daring exceeds even his own---Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past.
Bereft and grieving, besieged by the ghosts of those who loved him most, he contrives a succession of madness and extinction.
Sabbath's Theatre is a comic creation of epic proportions, and Mickey Sabbath is it's gargantuan hero. Philip Roth, in his twenty-first book, is at the very peak of his powers.
About the Author
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, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. 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" and the W.H. Smith Award for the Best Book of the Year, making Roth the first writer in the forty-six-year history of the prize to win it twice.
In 2005 Roth became the third living American writer to have his works 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. In 2012 he won Spain's highest honor, the Prince of Asturias Award, and in 2013 he received France's highest honor, Commander of the Legion of Honor.
A multy-talented film stage and television actor, won an LA Drama Critics Award for his performance in Travesties. His Broadway credits include Amadeus, Dracula, and Bent, for which he received a Tony nomination.