In 1993, when Philip Roth was promoting Operation Shylock, he consented to give interviews in an unprepossessing Simon & Schuster office. Interviewers were led to him for sessions strictly limited to 45 minutes.
I was one of the 45-minuters.
Operation Shylock is the one where a character calling himself Philip Roth is making trouble around Israel for the real Philip Roth. It’s the volume Roth insisted was non-fiction, although most (all?) readers viewed it as fiction, including those at The New York Times, who put the “novel” on the fiction bestseller list and definitely not on the nonfiction one.
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