Philip Roth announces retirement in French magazine interview

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

With a Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities Medal and two National Book Awards, Phillip Roth is calling it a day and has retired from writing, calling his latest work Nemesis his final book.

According to Huffington Post, Roth discussed his retirement from writing with French magazine, Les inRocks.

HuffPo translated the interview, where Roth explained, “I do not intend to write for the next ten years. To tell you the truth, I'm done. Nemesis will be my last book. Look at E.M. Forster, he stopped writing fiction aged 40. 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.”

Continuing, he explains, “I decided to reread all my books, beginning with the last one, Nemesis. Until I got fed up just before Portnoy's Complaint, which is imperfect. I wanted to see if I had wasted my time writing. And I thought it was rather successful.”

This year, Roth was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature by the Spanish Royal Family. News of his retirement has been confirmed by his publisher.

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