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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (616 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Roth Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nathan Zuckerman Series Release Date:
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In quest of the unpublished manuscript of a martyred Yiddish writer, the American novelist Nathan Zuckerman travels to Soviet-occupied Prague in the mid-1970s. There, in a nation straightjacketed by totalitarian Communism, he discovers a literary predicament, marked by institutionalized oppression, that is rather different from his own. He also discovers, among the oppressed writers with whom he quickly becomes embroiled in a series of bizarre and poignant adventures, an appealingly perverse kind of heroism.

The Prague Orgy, consisting of entries from protagonist Nathan Zuckerman’s notebooks recording his sojourn among these outcast artists, completes the Nathan Zuckerman series. It provides a startling ending to Roth’s intricately designed magnum opus on the unforeseen consequences of art.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This fitting capstone to Roth’s Zuckerman trilogy proves that no one now writing can be funnier and more passionately serious than Philip Roth.”

    Time

  • “Obscenely outrageous and yet brilliantly reflective of a paranoid reality that has become universal. It is the best of Roth, a kind of coda to all his fiction so far.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of Roth’s most brilliant (and funniest) works…A lithe comic masterpiece.”

    Newsweek

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael Nova | 2/17/2014

    " An intense glimpse into what was a difficult socio-political time. A good little read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan | 1/28/2014

    " 86 pages and read in one sitting, billed as an epilogue to the first trilogy of the Zuckerman saga, I thought it was a nice little coda to where we left Nathan in The Anatomy Lesson, "shackled" to his "corpus" (his body in pain; his soul ridden with guilt; his profession as a writer; his search of "his story" and the empathy of people, in general and that of his characters), providing a bit of closure for him as well as for us, as he concludes his search for the lost manuscripts of a Jewish writer, killed by the Nazis, here in Prague, finding that "No, 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." As a novella, The Prague Orgy isn't really that enthralling, and the story itself isn't especially moving; but as a coda to the greater ideas of the Zuckerman trilogy, and the greater ideas of Roth himself as he continues to tackle his issues with his Jewish heritage, his own personal history, and a writer's challenge to portray a deeper understanding of the human condition while being limited "to write what one knows," this provides a fitting resolution to the conflicts begun with The Ghost Writer and sets up Zuckerman as well as Roth himself (as well as serving to answer the critics, Zuckerman's and his own) for future writings and the continued exploration of his established themes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erik Simon | 1/21/2014

    " I'm not the world's biggest Philip Roth fan, but when he's good he's great, and this slim little book is brilliant. Zuckerman heads to Prague to retrieve some unpublished manuscripts by an unknown Jewish author. The more I digest this book, the more layers it has. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ivan Mulcahy | 1/19/2014

    " His Zuckerman novels are a treat because you are double guaranteed good company. "

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