London: Jonathan Cape, 1985. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's light slate cloth, spine gilt, original printed dust jacket.
"One's story isn’t a skin to be shed—it's inescapable, one's body and blood. You go on pumping it out till you die, the story veined with the themes of your life, the ever-recurring story that's at once your invention and the invention of you." First standalone edition of American literary icon Philip Roth's epilogue to his critically acclaimed Zuckerman Bound trilogy. The denouement of his magnum opus follows protagonist Nathan Zuckerman, widely considered Roth’s fictional alter-ego, on his sojourn to Soviet-occupied Prague in 1976 in search of the unpublished manuscripts of a martyred Yiddish writer. Presented as a series of journal entries, Roth's brilliant and comical novella also stands as a commentary on Kafka's short story "The Burrow." Published the same year in the US in the omnibus edition of the Zuckerman trilogy. Spine of unclipped dust jacket lightly sunned, with some creasing to coating. Very good. Item #2304