Sabbath's Theater

Sabbath's Theater is a novel by Philip Roth about the exploits of 64-year-old Mickey Sabbath.wikipedia
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Philip Roth

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Sabbath's Theater is a novel by Philip Roth about the exploits of 64-year-old Mickey Sabbath.
Sabbath's Theater (1995) may have Roth's most lecherous protagonist, Mickey Sabbath, a disgraced former puppeteer; it won his second National Book Award.

National Book Award for Fiction

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It won the 1995 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.

Otto Dix

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The cover is a detail of Sailor and Girl (1925) by German painter Otto Dix.
Among his most famous paintings are Sailor and Girl (1925), used as the cover of Philip Roth's 1995 novel Sabbath's Theater, the triptych Metropolis (1928), a scornful portrayal of depraved actions of Germany's Weimar Republic, where nonstop revelry was a way to deal with the wartime defeat and financial catastrophe, and the startling Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden (1926).

Harold Bloom

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Literary critic Harold Bloom has declared Sabbath's Theater Roth's "masterwork."
He named their strongest works as, respectively, Gravity's Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49 and Mason & Dixon; American Pastoral and Sabbath's Theater; Blood Meridian; and Underworld.

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Sabbath's Theater is a novel by Philip Roth about the exploits of 64-year-old Mickey Sabbath.

R. B. Kitaj

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Mickey Sabbath (modeled after American Jewish painter R.B. Kitaj ) is an unproductive, out-of-work, former puppeteer with a strong affinity for prostitutes, adultery, and the casual sexual encounter.

Puppeteer

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Mickey Sabbath (modeled after American Jewish painter R.B. Kitaj ) is an unproductive, out-of-work, former puppeteer with a strong affinity for prostitutes, adultery, and the casual sexual encounter.

Prostitution

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Mickey Sabbath (modeled after American Jewish painter R.B. Kitaj ) is an unproductive, out-of-work, former puppeteer with a strong affinity for prostitutes, adultery, and the casual sexual encounter.

Adultery

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Mickey Sabbath (modeled after American Jewish painter R.B. Kitaj ) is an unproductive, out-of-work, former puppeteer with a strong affinity for prostitutes, adultery, and the casual sexual encounter.

Suicide

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Sabbath wonders whether he should simply take his own life, thereby heeding the advice of the ghost of his departed mother, a frequent visitor who urges suicide as the fitting end for his failed life.

James Wood (critic)

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Prominent literary critic James Wood told The Morning News, "I am a great fan of Sabbath’s Theater, it was an extraordinary book."

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Prominent literary critic James Wood told The Morning News, "I am a great fan of Sabbath’s Theater, it was an extraordinary book."

The New York Times

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New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani found it hard to finish and "distasteful and disingenuous".

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New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani found it hard to finish and "distasteful and disingenuous".

National Book Award

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It won the National Book Award for fiction —thirty-five years after Roth's debut novel Goodbye Columbus won the same award (1960).

Debut novel

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It won the National Book Award for fiction —thirty-five years after Roth's debut novel Goodbye Columbus won the same award (1960).

Goodbye, Columbus

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It won the National Book Award for fiction —thirty-five years after Roth's debut novel Goodbye Columbus won the same award (1960).

Pulitzer Prize

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It was also a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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The paper was mentioned on the satirical television program Have I Got News for You and quoted by the novelist Philip Roth in his novel Sabbath's Theater.

Underworld (DeLillo novel)

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The literary critic Harold Bloom, although also expressing reservations about the book's length, has said Underworld is "the culmination of what [DeLillo] can do" and one of the few contemporary American works of fiction that "touched what I would call the sublime," along with works by Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian), Philip Roth (American Pastoral and Sabbath's Theater), and Thomas Pynchon (Mason & Dixon, Gravity's Rainbow and The Crying of Lot 49).