The Counterlife. Philip Roth.

The Counterlife

New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1986. 1st Trade Edition. Octavo, publisher's red cloth, upper board and spine gilt, cream endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.

"'I'm telling you that it isn't obligatory for a novelist to go around personally exhibiting his themes. I'm not talking about who's nicer – niceness is even more deadly in writers than it is in other people.'" First edition of Roth's peak meta-novel, his fourth to feature alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman. Meta-fiction as an arena for semi-autobiographical narratives was a common trope used by Roth throughout his career, as evident in particular in later novels such as this one and Operation Shylock. Price sticker dated 12/19/1986 to rear panel of unclipped dust jacket; small stain to top edge of text block. Fine. Item #2046


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