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Prague, Kafka, and more...


David Kepesh
Philip Roth Writer
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The next book I published was, a sequel to The Breast, it was called A Professor of Desire, and what I thought I would do is take this character, Kepesh, and now make real what was so real in The Breast, put him in another landscape entirely, put him in a realistic landscape as opposed to a surreal landscape which he's in The Breast. And some years later, I wrote a book called: The Dying Animal, which is the third part of this Kepesh trilogy, which is really about the history of the sex life of this man.

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: The Breast, A Professor of Desire, David Kepesh, The Dying Animal, Kepesh trilogy

Duration: 58 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2011

Date story went live: 18 March 2013