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Promiscuous: Portnoy's Complaint and Our Doomed Pursuit of Happiness
 
 
Author
Bernard Avishai.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780300151909
Pages/Publication Date 230/2012
Daedalus Item Code 42101
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Philip Roth's 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint brought him popular success, even while it provoked outrage with its frank sexuality and ambivalence toward Jewish culture. Bernard Avishai offers a witty exploration of Roth's satiric masterpiece, based on the novelist's own writings, teaching notes, and personal interviews. Avishai examines Roth's desire to undermine conventional values, and devotes a chapter to the ways that Roth ridicules psychoanalysis in the novel.

"Avishai ventures far and wide over literary, philosophical and other cultural touchstones, providing a context for Roth's novel that encompasses James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Jackson Pollock, and Judd Apatow. Avishai proves both an informed and engaging guide to the novel and its legacy."Kirkus Reviews

 
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