The Professor of Desire

By Philip Roth

As a pupil in university, David Kepesh kinds himself “a rake between students, a pupil between rakes.” Little does he observe how prophetic this motto will be―or how damning. For as Philip Roth follows Kepesh from the domesticity of early life into the significant desert of erotic risk, from a ménage a trois in London to the throes of loneliness in manhattan, he creates a supremely clever, affecting, and infrequently hilarious novel concerning the limitation of enjoyment: the place we search it; why we flee it; and the way we fight to make a truce among dignity and hope. “Philip Roth is a brilliant historian of contemporary eroticism. . . . [He] speaks of a sexuality that questions itself; it truly is nonetheless hedonism, however it is challenging, wounded, ironic hedonism. His is the unusual union of confession and irony. Infinitely weak in his sincerity and infinitely elusive in his irony.” ―Milan Kundera “A considerate . . . dependent novel. . . . a superb exhibit of literary skills.” ―The long island instances booklet assessment

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