What if a look-alike stranger stole your name, usurped your biography, and went about the world pretending to be you? In Operation Shylock, master novelist Philip Roth confronts his double, an impostor whose self-appointed task is to lead the Jews back to Europe from Israel. The "fake" Philip Roth becomes a monstrous nemesis to the "real" Philip Roth, who must take a frightening and mysterious journey through the volatile Middle East. Suspenseful, hilarious, and impassioned, Operation Shylock is at once a spy story, a political thriller, and a confession, pulsing with intelligence and intense narrative energy.More
PEN/Faulkner Award Winner, 1994
"One of Roth's grand inventions.... [He is] a comic genius...a living master." (Harold Bloom, The New York Review of Books)
"The uncontested master of comic irony." (Time)
"A brilliant novel of ideas...Roth has gone farther into his own genius than he ever has before." (The Nation)
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A Jew, a doppelgänger, Israel and the Diaspora
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