The Human Stain | Critical Essay by David Brauner

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of The Human Stain.
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Critical Review by Ian Hamilton

SOURCE: Hamilton, Ian. “‘OK, Holy Man, Try This’.” London Review of Books 22, no. 12 (22 June 2000): 36-7.

In the following review, Hamilton considers aspects of The Human Stain, musing over which elements in Roth's writing are possibly autobiographical.

Philip Roth likes, or has liked, to describe himself as a ‘suppositional’ novelist. Much of his writing practice, he has said, takes off from a ‘what if?’ What if Franz Kafka had made it to America and there lived on to become a New Jersey schoolmaster? What if Anne Frank had survived and found out about the publication of her diary from a chance reading of Time magazine? What if a man could actually become a breast? What if a decent, shame-faced Jewish boy were to extol the joys of masturbation?

And what if...

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