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The Dying Animal
by Philip Roth

"A disturbing masterpiece."
--The New York Review of Books

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  • About the Film

    The inspiration for the major motion picture Elegy from Samuel Goldwyn Films/Lakeshore Entertainment, starring Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Dennis Hopper and Deborah Harry, and directed by Isabel Coixet. In theaters August 8 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, and expands to 17 more cities on August 22nd.

    About the Book

    David Kepesh is an eminent cultural critic and star lecturer at a New York college--as well as an articulate propagandist of the sexual revolution. For years he has made a practice of sleeping with adventurous female students while maintaining an aesthete's critical distance. But now that distance has been annihilated.

    When he becomes involved with Consuela Castillo, the humblingly beautiful daughter of Cuban exiles, Kepesh finds himself dragged helplessly, bitterly, furiously into the quagmire of sexual jealousy and loss. In chronicling this descent, Philip Roth performs a breathtaking set of variations on the themes of eros and mortality, license and repression, selfishness and sacrifice.

    "Sorrowful, sexy, elegant.... A distinguished addition to Roth's increasingly remarkable literary career." --San Francisco Chronicle

    "Roth is a mesmerizing writer, whose very language has the vitality of a living organism."
    --Los Angeles Times

    "No one can come close to Roth's comic genius and breadth of moral imperative."
    --The Boston Globe

    About the Author

    In the 1990s Philip Roth won America's four major literary awards in succession: the National Book Critics Circle Award for Patrimony (1991), the PEN/Faulkner Award for Operation Shylock (1993), the National Book Award for Sabbath's Theater (1995), and the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for American Pastoral (1997). In 2000 he published The Human Stain, concluding a trilogy that depicts the ideological ethos of postwar America. In 2001 he received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction, given every six years "for the entire work of the recipient." Philip Roth lives in Connecticut.

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