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Exit Ghost

de Philip Roth

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Like Rip Van Winkle returning to his hometown to find that all has changed, Nathan Zuckerman comes back to New York, the city he left eleven years before. Alone on his New England mountain, Zuckerman has been nothing but a writer: no voices, no media, no terrorist threats, no women, no news, no tasks other than his work and the enduring of old age. Walking the streets like a revenant, he quickly makes three connections that explode his carefully protected solitude. One is with a young couple with whom, in a rash moment, he offers to swap homes. They will flee post-9/11 Manhattan for his country refuge, and he will return to city life. But from the time he meets them, Zuckerman also wants to swap his solitude for the erotic challenge of the young woman, Jaime, whose allure draws him back to all that he thought he had left behind: intimacy, the vibrant play of heart and body. The second connection is with a figure from Zuckerman's youth, Amy Bellette, companion and muse to Zuckerman's first literary hero, E.I. Lonoff. The once irresistible Amy is now an old woman depleted by illness, guarding the memory of that grandly austere American writer who showed Nathan the solitary path to a writing vocation. The third connection is with Lonoff's would-be biographer, a young literary hound who will do and say nearly anything to get to Lonoff's "great secret". Suddenly involved, as he never wanted or intended to be involved again, with love, mourning, desire, and animosity, Zuckerman plays out an interior drama of vivid and poignant possibilities. Haunted by Roth's earlier works - the melancholy comedy of The Ghost Writer, the counterpoint of the imaginary and the real in The Counterlife, the distinctive dialogues of Deception - Exit Ghost is a reminder of Roth's incomparable style and themes and an amazing leap into yet another phase in this great writer's insatiable commitment to fiction.… (mais)
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    GabrielF: Exit Ghost takes place 50 years after The Ghost Writer, but it revisits the events and characters of the earlier book.
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I don't think I've read a work of fiction that is such an unflinchingly scathing criticism of George W. Bush's presidency. I Really enjoyed Roth attacking Bush. And I also really enjoyed Roth's character Zuckerman writing down his imaginary conversations with a woman he becomes infatuated with. Zuckerman is an aging reclusive writer who has done his best to avoid people for over a decade. He comes to N.Y. City to for medical reasons and finds himself fantasying about a much younger woman he barely knows. Having these kind of imaginary conversations is quite common but poor Zuckerman fighting the onset of Alzheimer's writes them down so he won't forget them. I just found that so endearing. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
> Exit le fantôme, par Philip Roth. — Exit le fantôme est l'un des plus surprenants romans de Philip Roth. On y retrouve, pour la dernière fois, une vieille connaissance, l'écrivain scandaleux Nathan Zuckerman. Lequel a désormais soixante et onze ans en cette année 2004.
Solitaire incapable de cohabiter avec quiconque, le héros de Roth quitte sa retraite campagnarde des Berkshires pour revenir à New York où il n'a pas mis les pieds depuis onze ans. Incontinent après une opération de la prostate, Zuckerman doit porter un caleçon en plastique afin de ne pas souiller son pantalon. A l'hôpital où il consulte, le voici qui recroise Amy dont il a fait la connaissance en 1956 et qui lutte aujourd'hui contre un cancer du cerveau. En pleine campagne électorale opposant George W. Bush à John Kerry, le septuagénaire rencontre également un jeune couple d'écrivains qui cherchent à troquer leur appartement contre une adresse en Nouvelle-Angleterre. Séducteur inoxydable, Zuckerman a bien du mal à résister à la brune et pulpeuse Jamie !
L'Express

> PHILIP ROTH Exit le fantôme Traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Marie-Claire Pasquier Gallimard, Paris 2009, 329 pages
Se reporter au compte rendu de Hans-Jürgen GREIF
In: (2010). Compte rendu de [Nouveautés]. Québec français, n° 157 (printemps 2010), 17–18… ; (en ligne),
URL : https://id.erudit.org/iderudit/61496ac
  Joop-le-philosophe | Feb 9, 2021 |
Nathan Zuckerman, Roths langjähriger Held und vielleicht sein Alter Ego, kehrt nach New York zurück, um dann für immer abzutreten. Er trifft in Manhattan ein junges Paar, das nach dem 11. September der Stadt entfliehen will, und bietet ihnen einen Wohnungstausch an - nicht ohne Hintergedanken. Ihn fasziniert Jamie, die junge Frau, und ihn überfallen Gefühle, die er längst überwunden glaubte. Durch sie lernt er einen Mann kennen, der die Biographie des vom jungen Zuckerman verehrten Schriftstellers Lonoff schreiben möchte. Auf einmal ist Zuckerman so involviert, wie er es nie mehr sein wollte. Liebe, Trauer, Begehren und Ressentiment, alles ist wieder da.
  Fredo68 | May 14, 2020 |
I haven't read any Roth for a couple of years and this was a good one to come back to. Still concerned with writing, with his legacy, with his mortality, Zuckerman in his last has never been a more transparently, ghostly version of his creator. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
I've been reading Philip Roth since college, way back in the previous century. GOODBYE, COLUMBUS; PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT; and, a particular favorite, LETTING GO, which I have read a few times now. So, upfront admission, I'm a fan, although probably not a very good one, since there are many Roth books I still have not read.

EXIT GHOST is purportedly the last of Roth's Zuckerman books, which began with THE GHOST WRITER, back in 1979. This is the ninth of the Z books, but I've only read a couple others: AMERICAN PASTORAL and THE HUMAN STAIN, both of them outstanding. In EXIT GHOST, we find Nathan Zuckerman at 71, at a low ebb in his eventful life as a writer. Impotent and incontinent after a prostatectomy a decade earlier, Nathan comes back from his twelve year sojourn in the Berkshire mountains to NYC to undergo a medical procedure that might correct his incontinence. While he is there he is drawn simultaneously back into his past and into an unwelcome present through some chance encounters with the former lover of E.I. Lonoff (both major players in the first book), and three young wannabe writers. Nathan falls hare, is enchanted by, one of these young people, thirty year-old Jamie Logan. Obviously, given his sexual dysfunction, he knows this can only end in heartbreak and frustration, but he is, nevertheless, drawn to this beautiful young woman of privilege, raised in Texas, where her parents are in the same social circles as the Bushes.

Because this last book is not just about love or sex. It's about the awful state of politics in America today, which Roth attacks through his characters. Set during the presidential campaign of 2004, Dubya gets it with both barrels. Here's a sample from Jamie -

"... this country is a haven of ignorance. I know - I come from the fountainhead. Bush talks right to the ignorant core. This is a very backward country, and the people are so easily bamboozled, and he's exactly like a snake-oil salesman."

Or this, from Richard Kliman, an ambitious young man who wants to write an expose biography of Lonoff -

"That a right-wing administration motivated by insatiable greed and sustained by murderous lies and led by a privileged dope should answer America's infantile idea of morality - how do we live with something so grotesque? How do you manage to insulate yourself from stupidity so bottomless?"

So yes, one begins to get an idea of how amply disgusted Philip Roth has become with our badly broken political system - and this is from a book published NINE years ago. I can't even imagine what he must think of what's happening right now with the circus that is the Trump-Clinton contest. Roth is also clearly unimpressed with the age of the ubiquitous cell phone, as evidenced in Nathan's observations about this phenomenon -

"I did not see how anyone could believe he was continuing to live a human existence by walking about talking into a phone for half his waking life. No, those gadgets did not promise to be a boon to promoting reflection among the general public."

But EXIT GHOST is also very much about aging and what comes with it. We see Lonoff's former lover, Amy, as an old woman with a disfiguring scar on her head from recent surgery for a brain tumor, and now the cancer has come back. And, more than anything, we are privy to Nathan's most private thoughts and humiliations and he deals with the daily problems of incontinence, forced to wear plastic underpants with absorbent pads, to be changed often. So, when the procedure fails to work, he is plunged into a deep depression, yet one more problem that so often afflicts the aged. Discouraged, he thinks -

"What you do not have, you live without - you're seventy-one, and that's the deal."

Nathan also feels his memory and mental faculties slipping, an unthinkable horror for a writer. And yet, judging from the "He and She" mini-plays he sprinkles throughout his narrative, he needn't worry just yet. They are brilliant - sometimes funny, and often ineffably sad. In sum, EXIT GHOST is a beautiful book, often heartbreakingly so.

Philip Roth announced his retirement a couple years ago. One doesn't think of writers retiring, but hey, he's earned it. Be well, Philip, and enjoy. Loved this book. Very highly recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | Aug 29, 2016 |
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Like Rip Van Winkle returning to his hometown to find that all has changed, Nathan Zuckerman comes back to New York, the city he left eleven years before. Alone on his New England mountain, Zuckerman has been nothing but a writer: no voices, no media, no terrorist threats, no women, no news, no tasks other than his work and the enduring of old age. Walking the streets like a revenant, he quickly makes three connections that explode his carefully protected solitude. One is with a young couple with whom, in a rash moment, he offers to swap homes. They will flee post-9/11 Manhattan for his country refuge, and he will return to city life. But from the time he meets them, Zuckerman also wants to swap his solitude for the erotic challenge of the young woman, Jaime, whose allure draws him back to all that he thought he had left behind: intimacy, the vibrant play of heart and body. The second connection is with a figure from Zuckerman's youth, Amy Bellette, companion and muse to Zuckerman's first literary hero, E.I. Lonoff. The once irresistible Amy is now an old woman depleted by illness, guarding the memory of that grandly austere American writer who showed Nathan the solitary path to a writing vocation. The third connection is with Lonoff's would-be biographer, a young literary hound who will do and say nearly anything to get to Lonoff's "great secret". Suddenly involved, as he never wanted or intended to be involved again, with love, mourning, desire, and animosity, Zuckerman plays out an interior drama of vivid and poignant possibilities. Haunted by Roth's earlier works - the melancholy comedy of The Ghost Writer, the counterpoint of the imaginary and the real in The Counterlife, the distinctive dialogues of Deception - Exit Ghost is a reminder of Roth's incomparable style and themes and an amazing leap into yet another phase in this great writer's insatiable commitment to fiction.

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