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Well, my four most recent books are Everyman, Indignation, The Humbling and Nemesis.  Each was written separate from the other.  When I began with Everyman I had no idea what... what book would come next.  I wanted to work out a book about mortality through the description of a man's illnesses in his life, and I would  rather... rather than seeing him healthy as we usually do in a book, we'll see him in... through his series of illnesses that begin when he's a kid, and which, of course, he recovers from when he's a kid.  And so that was... that was that.

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: Everyman

Duration: 51 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2011

Date story went live: 18 March 2013