“Everyman” or The Gripes of Roth

Everyman by Philip RothPhilip Roth has done more than enough to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature; an award to mark not a single book but a lifetime’s contribution to literature. But, once again, he hasn’t been given it and, once again, a rash of articles have appeared deploring this and recalling the tetchy comments journalists have coaxed out of him in the past on this subject. Patrick Modiano is a very fine writer and I hope he doesn’t spend all the money in one shop but, like Graham Greene, Roth must wonder if the judges or their advisers are trying to tell him something. Read more ...