The Human Stain
This trilogy describes the last year of professor Coleman Silk’s life, whose own tragic exposure is played out against the background of the Clinton revelations.
The American psyche is channelled into the gripping story of one man. This is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Philip Roth at his very best.
It is 1998, the year America is plunged into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president. In a small New England town a distinguished professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues allege that he is a racist. The charge is unfounded, the persecution needless, but the truth about Silk would astonish even his most virulent accuser. Coleman Silk has a secret that he has kept for fifty years. This is the conclusion to Roth’s brilliant trilogy of post-war America – a story of seismic shifts in American history and a personal search for renewal and regeneration.
‘An extraordinary book – bursting with rage, humming with ideas, full of dazzling sleights of hand’ Sunday Telegraph