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November 10, 2012

Philip Roth: ‘To tell you the truth, I’m done’

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American novelist announced his retirement in October in little-noticed interview with French magazine.

By Ben Quinn

Philip Roth, the US novelist widely regarded as America’s best hope of ending a 20 year drought without a winner of the Nobel prize for literature, has said that he is calling it a day.

The writer announced his retirement in a little-noticed interview with a French magazine and said that Nemesis, which was published in 2010, would be his last book.

“To tell you the truth, I’m done,” Roth told Les Inrocks last month, adding that he had not written anything for the past three years.

Having reached the age of 79, he realised that he was running out of years and had chosen to reread his favourite novels, as well as his own books.

“I wanted to see if I had wasted my time writing,” he said, according to a translation from the French by Salon.

“And I thought it was rather successful. At the end of his life, the boxer Joe Louis said: ‘I did the best I could with what I had.’ This is exactly what I would say of my work: I did the best I could with what I had.”

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