Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Top ten novels about pariahs

Richard Zimler's novels include The Search for Sana, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, and The Seventh Gate. He has won many prizes for his writing and has lectured on Sephardic Jewish culture all over the world. He now lives in Porto, Portugal, where he teaches journalism and writes. His latest novel is The Gospel According to Lazarus.

At the Guardian Zimler tagged his ten favorite novels about pariahs, including:
I Married a Communist by Philip Roth

Starting in the 1990s, Philip Roth began to explore the fall from grace of protagonists who run afoul of American mores and politics. In this, his 21st novel, he deftly explores the shattering effect of Senator McCarthy’s anticommunist crusade on the country’s insecure Jewish community. The story focuses on radio icon Ira Ringold. When he is accused of inserting leftist propaganda into his scripts, his vengeful wife threatens to reveal his secret allegiances. Roth’s conflicted, many-layered characters give this work memorable force.
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--Marshal Zeringue