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[color=#333333][font=Georgia, Century, Times, serif][size=4]Philip Roth, the famous American novelist, has written his last book. That is, [/size][/font][/color][url="http://www.lesinrocks.com/2012/10/07/livres/philip-roth-nemesis-sera-mon-dernier-livre-11310126/"]according to an interview published last month in the French magazine Les inRocks[/url][color=#333333][font=Georgia, Century, Times, serif][size=4].[/size][/font][/color]

[color=#333333][font=Georgia, Century, Times, serif][size=4]The Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities Medal and twice National Book Award-winning writer remains [url="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/18/handicapping-the-nobel-prize_n_1895076.html"]one of the American favorites to win the Nobel Prize for Literature[/url], and was this year awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature by the Spanish Royal Family.[/size][/font][/color]
[color=#333333][font=Georgia, Century, Times, serif][size=4]His last book, [i][url="http://www.amazon.com/Nemesis-Philip-Roth/dp/0547318359/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0"]Nemesis[/url][/i], was published in 2010.[/size][/font][/color]

[color=#333333][font=Georgia, Century, Times, serif][size=4]Here's what Roth told [i]Les inRocks[/i] (translation ours from the original French):[/size][/font][/color]

I do not intend to write for the next ten years. To tell you the truth, I'm done. [i]Nemesis[/i]will be my last book. Look at E.M. Forster, he stopped writing fiction aged 40.
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I used to write book after book, but I haven't written anything for three years. I preferred to work on my archives for my biographer.
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I decided to reread all my books, beginning with the last one, [i]Nemesis[/i]. Until I got fed up just before [i]Portnoy's Complaint[/i], which is imperfect. I wanted to see if I had wasted my time writing. And I thought it was rather successful.
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I have dedicated my life to the novel: I studied, I taught, I wrote and I read. To the exclusion of almost everything else. Enough! I no longer feel this fanaticism to write that I have experienced in my life. The thought of sitting down to write one more time is an impossible one for me.
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And if I did write a new book, it would most likely be a failure. Who needs to read another mediocre book?

[b]Source:[/b] [url="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/09/philip-roth-final-book_n_2102030.html"]http://www.huffingto..._n_2102030.html[/url]

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Well, if he wants to waste the rest of his life, let him.

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