The Human Stain by Philip Roth

The Human Stain is a novel that explores the life of Coleman Silk, a classics professor in a small New England town who is forced to retire after accusations of racism. The story delves into Silk's personal history, revealing that he is a light-skinned African American who has been passing as a Jewish man for most of his adult life. His affair with a much younger, illiterate janitor further scandalizes the community. The novel examines themes of identity, race, and the destructive power of public shaming.

The 759th greatest book of all time


Published
2000
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
361
Words
136,000
Original Language
English

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