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Patrimony: a true story


Proust made no impact on me
Philip Roth Writer
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[Marcel] Proust is... is not a writer who has had an impact on me as a writer. I... I have trouble with those sentences, and I... I don't mean they're bad, I mean that I... I have trouble holding them together in my head as I'm reading. So Proust... didn't have an impact on me particularly. No.

The fame of the American writer Philip Roth (1933-2018) rested on the frank explorations of Jewish-American life he portrayed in his novels. There is a strong autobiographical element in much of what he wrote, alongside social commentary and political satire. Despite often polarising critics with his frequently explicit accounts of his male protagonists' sexual doings, Roth received a great many prestigious literary awards which include a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1997, and the 4th Man Booker International Prize in 2011.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Marcel Proust

Duration: 47 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2011

Date story went live: 18 March 2013