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Requiem For Harlem

Requiem For Harlem

‘A landmark of the American literary century’ Boston Globe

Sixty years after the publication of his great modernist masterpiece, Call It Sleep, Henry Roth returned with Mercy of a Rude Stream – a sequence of four internationally-acclaimed epic novels of immigrant life in early-twentieth century New York.
Ira Stigman’s polarised life has never been more difficult. On one side is Edith Welles, his supporter, friend and lover; she believes in him. On the other is his shameful immigrant origins, his poverty, his family with their arguments and lack of sophistication. Then there is his incestuous relations with his sister and his cousin, who may be pregnant.

This fourth and final volume, published posthumously, brings to a close one of America’s most extraordinary literary odysseys.

The literary comeback of the century’ Vanity Fair

‘As unquenchably vibrant with life as the immigrants whose existence it commemorates’ Sunday Times

‘A dynamic and moving event . . . a stirring portrait of a vanished culture . . . a poignant chapter in the life-drama of a unique American writer’ Newsweek

‘Although it is sixty years since a new novel by Mr Roth last hit the bookshelves, it has been worth the wait’ The Economist

‘Fresh and touching’ Wall Street Journal

‘A precision of detail which brings the sounds from the tenements, the heat of the sidewalk steaming off the pages’ Sunday Express

‘A meticulous evocation of a now-distant episode of the American experience’ New York Times Book Review

Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Complete Novels
1) A Star Shines Over Mt. Morris Park
2) A Diving Rock on the Hudson
3) From Bondage
4) Requiem for Harlem.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 28th May 2015

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781474601351


The Ur-novel at the heart of American literature - Mercy of a Rude Stream is a towering achievement
Junot Diaz
Henry Roth has only two peers in American-English Jewish fiction, Nathanael West and Philip Roth
Harold Bloom
The literary comeback of the century
Vanity Fair
A masterpiece ... It is not remotely like anything else in American literature.... It is this pitiless examination of a writer grappling with his demons, at the highest reaches of his intellectual capacity, that gives Mercy of a Rude Stream its ferocious passion.... It is the exhilaration felt by a man who has cast off six decades of self-repression and finally feels himself free
The New York Review of Books
Roth creates his own Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man--a marvelously poetic chronicle
Chicago Sun-Times
Mr. Roth's innovative use of language is both beautiful and highly realistic ... Although there is no style called Rothian, there should be
New York Times Book Review
This novel is as unquenchably vibrant with life as the immigrants whose existence it commemorates
Sunday Times
A genuine publishing event ... unbeatable in [its] drama, tension and feeling
Literary Review