About this book
This dark and painful novella is Roth's 27th book, and as always provoked a strong critical response. It is sure to be a bestseller in this Vintage paperback edition. 'The genius of this short, bleak, remarkable novel stems from the way that Roth turns his desolate assessment of death into something bracing' "The Times"
Intended to be the personification of mankind, this work traces from the author's first shocking confrontation with death on the idyllic beaches of his childhood summers. It is a human story of the regret and loss and stoicism of a man who becomes what he does not want to be.