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Portnoy's complaint
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Published:
New York : Random House, [©1969].
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
274 pages ; 22 cm
Status:
Green Hills - Adult Fiction
Fiction Roth
Description
The groundbreaking novel that propelled its author to literary stardom: told in a continuous monologue from patient to psychoanalyst, Philip Roth's masterpiece draws us into the turbulent mind of one lust-ridden young Jewish bachelor named Alexander Portnoy. Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's "morality," however, neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification, but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of retribution, particularly in the form of castration.' (Spielvogel, O. "The Puzzled Penis," Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse , Vol. XXIV, p. 909.) It is believed by Spielvogel that many of the symptoms can be traced to the bonds obtaining in the mother-child relationship.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780679756453 (Vintage pbk.), 0679756450 (Vintage pbk.), 0394608100, 0375507930 (hc)

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Along with Saul Bellow's Herzog, Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint defined Jewish American literature in the 1960s. Roth's masterpiece takes place on the couch of a psychoanalyst, an appropriate jumping-off place for an insanely comical novel about the Jewish American experience. Roth has written several great books--Goodbye, Columbus and When She Was Good among them, but it is perhaps Portnoy's Complaint for which he is best known.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Roth, P. (1969). Portnoy's complaint. New York: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Roth, Philip. 1969. Portnoy's Complaint. New York: Random House.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Roth, Philip, Portnoy's Complaint. New York: Random House, 1969.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Roth, Philip. Portnoy's Complaint. New York: Random House, 1969. Print.

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