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Sabbath's Theater (original 1995; edition 1996)
by Philip Roth
Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth (1995)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679772596, Paperback)Mickey Sabbath, the hero in Sabbath's Theater, the winner of the 1995 National Book Award, makes a concerted effort to be bad. Like Alexander Portnoy, the famously self-abusing character in Roth's 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, Sabbath has an appetite for "acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus." But while Portnoy's antics were usually comical and liberating, Sabbath often feels imprisoned by his own acts of self-indulgence. Though his frantic pursuit of sex is a desperate attempt to abate his anxieties about death, it only serves to obliterate any semblance of real life he could have had.
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The death of his mistress sends Mickey Sabbath, an audacious libertine and onetime producer, on a psychic journey into his past.
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