Death of Philip Roth, giant of American literature, at age 85

Big loss for Literature. On the night of May 22-23, 2018, the world learned of the death of 85-year-old Philip Roth, one of America’s greatest historical writers, the prolific, protean, and often blackly comic novelist, with a career crowned with a string of awards.

Throughout his life, and since his early successes in the 1960s, Philip Roth has explored many themes including the fanaticism of the Americans for their country and for the political commitments, lust and excesses of the body of the Man, but also life in Jewish families.

Roth published his first story in The New Yorker, “The Kind of Person I Am“, in 1958.

His style was characterized by a dark sense of humor and a capacity to evolve with stories. He has created outstanding characters in literature , such as David Kepesh, this academic who turns into chest by dint of desire, or Alexander Portnoy, this man entrusting his psychoanalyst his adolescent impulses.

His best-known works include “The Conspiracy Against America”, “Operation Shylock”, “American Pastoral” (Pulitzer Fiction Prize in 1998) and “The Blot”. In 2001, Philip Roth was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize for all of his work. He is also a Commander of the Legion of Honor and has been awarded awards around the world for his contribution to the literature.

Although he has never won the Nobel Prize in Literature, Philip Roth has received all the best American distinctions: two National Book Awards, as many as National Book Critics Circle awards, three times the Faulkner Prize, and so on.