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Zuckerman Unbound (1981)
by Philip Roth
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679748997, Paperback)Now in his mid-thirties, Nathan Zuckerman, a would-be recluse despite his newfound fame as a bestselling author, ventures onto the streets of Manhattan in the final year of the turbulent sixties. Not only is he assumed by his fans to be his own fictional satyr, Gilbert Carnovsky ("Hey, you do all that stuff in that book?"), but he also finds himself the target of admonishers, advisers, and sidewalk literary critics. The recent murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., lead an unsettled Zuckerman to wonder if "target" may be more than a figure of speech.
In Zuckerman Unbound—the second volume of the trilogy and epilogue Zuckerman Bound—the notorious novelist Nathan Zuckerman retreats from his oldest friends, breaks his marriage to a virtuous woman, and damages, perhaps irreparably, his affectionate connection to his younger brother...and all because of his great good fortune!
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It's the late 1960's, and Zuckerman is living large off the success of his acclaimed erotic novel "Carnovsky." But for Zuckerman, the life of a celebrity millionaire -- from the high of one night with a beautiful superstar actress to the low of bizarre, reoccurring encounters with a mentally disturbed stalker -- is a bit ponderous, if not overwealming. Complicating matters is his estrangement from his family and the virtuous woman he loves. Has his great cathartic novel ruined him, or has it freed him?
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