The Ghost Writer

(Fiction; Vintage, 1995)


A brilliant orchestration of bildungsroman, satire, roman à clef, and fantasy of Anne Frank as a Holocaust survivor whose veneration as a symbol prevents her from revealing herself, Philip Roth’s short novel The Ghost Writer, first published in 1979 in two issues of The New Yorker, is less remarked on and read today than other Roth novels but is second to none.

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