The Plot Against America
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide inthe1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh publicly blamed the Jews for pushing America towards a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but, upon taking office as the 33rd president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial 'understanding' with Adolf Hitler. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new novel by Pulitzer-prize winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.
'The Plot Against America isan epic built - painstakingly, passionately, near perfectly - of the small structures of the particular. A dark, human masterpiece. Roth is at the peak of his powers' The Times 20041021
Winner of W H Smith Annual Literary Award 2005.
"In his 2004 novel, The Plot Against America, Roth precisely described the sinister and chilling nightmare in which the United States now finds itself... America has not read enough of Philip Roth" -- Bernard-Henri Levy New Statesman "A dark, humane masterpiece, Roth is at the peak of his powers" The Times "Another frighteningly intense performance" Sunday Telegraph "The word genius doesn't seem excessive... The Plot Against America creates its reality magisterially, in long, fluid sentences that carry you beyond scepticism" Guardian "Untouchable...he is bequeathing us a body of work that adds up to the most accomplished dissection of American political, social and personal mores" Observer "Magnificent. Roth is writing the best books of his life. He captures better than anyone the collision of public and private, the intrusion of history into the skin, the pores of every individual alive" Guardian "Subtle, persuasive and unsettling. A brilliantly troubling and heartening novel" Sunday Times "Many passages in The Plot Against America echo feelings voiced today by vulnerable Americans - immigrants and minorities as alarmed by Trump's election as the Jews of Newark are frightened by Lindbergh's" New Yorker "Dazzling. The most exciting novelist writing today" Independent on Sunday "The novel is full of his usual furious cackling; tragedy tipping into comedy and comedy into tragedy within the space of a few sentences. The prose is beautiful" Mail on Sunday "A sensation" Sunday Times "A polemical classic" Esquire "Brilliant" Metro "One of the best writers of dialogue in the history of inverted commas" The Times "A reverberating celebration of family, community and humanity" Sunday Times
In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral.In1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House, and in 2002 received the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters,the Gold Medal in Fiction, previously awarded to John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, and Saul Bellow, among others. He has twice won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2005, Philip Roth will become the third living American writer to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. The last ofthe eight volumes is scheduled for publication in 2013.