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Philip Roth announces his retirement

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(Read caption) Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize and received the National Book Award twice during his career.

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Philip Roth, Pulitzer Prize winner, two-time National Book Award winner and novelist extraordinaire, says he will retire from writing.

The 78-year-old novelist announced his retirement quietly, in an interview with a French magazine that does not appear to have been reported in the US.

“To tell you the truth, I’m done,” Roth told Les Inrocks last month. “’Nemesis’ will be my last book.”

(The actual interview was published in French and quoted Roth’s words as “Pour tout vous avouer, j’en ai fini. Némésis sera mon dernier livre.”)

Salon contacted Roth’s American publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to confirm his retirement. “He said it was true,” Lori Glazer, vice president and executive director of publicity, told Salon.  


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