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Which ghost?

By William Skidelsky  

Coverage has started to appear, both in Britain and in the US, of Philip Roth’s new novel Exit Ghost, the last of his Nathan Zuckerman books. Roth’s recent work has earned near universal acclaim, but not, it seems, this new novel. Christopher Hitchens’s review in the Atlantic is pretty ferocious (sample observation: “Roth has degraded the Eros-Thanatos dialectic of some of his earlier work and is now using his fiction, first to kill off certain characters and to shoot the wounded, and second to give himself something to masturbate about”). An even nastier, and frankly pretty stupid, assessment is by…

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