Roth, Henry, 1906-1995.
American novelist and writer of short fiction born in Tysmenitz, Galicia in
Austria-Hungary (now in Ukraine), who emigrated to the United States with his
parents as a small child. Raised in New York; as an adult, he also lived in
Massachusetts, Maine, and New Mexico. Winner of the first Isaac Bashevis Singer
Prize in Literature for From Bondage in 1997. His writings focus on the
immigrant experience, New York, and various forms of depravity. Roth wrote relatively
few works due to a sixty year writer's block following Call it Sleep.
Call It Sleep. 1934.
Young David Schearl, of a Galician Jewish family, is raised in the slums of
Manhattan's Lower East Side by loving mother Genya and distant father Albert,
who believes him born of an affair Genya had with a non-Jew prior to their
marriage. The rape of David's step-cousin Polly by his Catholic friend Leo
brings family tensions into the open. Fearing Albert will kill him, David runs
away; a subsequent accident in which he is nearly electrocuted leads to a
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