Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth

Mickey Sabbath is an unproductive, out-of-work, former puppeteer with a strong affinity for whores, adultery, and the casual sexual encounter. Sabbath takes great pleasure in his status as the (prototypical) "dirty old man." He takes an equal pleasure in manipulating the people around him, primarily women—in a sense, they play the same role as his puppets. The loss of a decades-long sexual sidekick—the equally adulterous Drenka—precipitates a crisis in a life he has long considered an utter failure. Sabbath wonders whether he should simply take his own life, thereby heeding the advice of the ghost of his departed mother, a frequent visitor who urges suicide as the fitting end for his failed life.

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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - National Book Award - Fiction (National Book Foundation)
  2. - What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years? (New York Times)
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Sabbaths Theater. Paperback 2727142 $14.12 $7.02 1998
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