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Roth, Philip

When She Was Good. Roth's first book in Russian.

When She Was Good. Roth's first book in Russian.

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Roth, Philip [When She Was Good]. Ona Byla Takaya Horoshaya. A novel.

Translation and foreword by A. Mulyarchik.
Book design by E. Mukhanova.

Moskva, Molodaya Gvardiya, 1971.
12mo, 288 pp.

In publisher's illustrated binding. 
In good condition, minor soiling, lightly rubbed, front hinge cracked, owner's mark on back endpapers.

First book appearance of Philip Roth in Russian. 

His third novel, "When She Was Good," was published in 1967 and became the only novel with a female protagonist. Roth’s first wife Margaret Martinson, who died in an auto accident in 1968was the inspiration for Lucy Nelson. In 1998 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel "American Pastoral."  Russian translation of Roth's story "You Can't Tell a Man by the Song He Sings" was published in 1971 also (collection of stories "Sovremennaia Amerikanskaia Novella. 60-e Gody"). Next Russian translation from Roth was published only 20 years later. 
Nice book design and illustrations were created by graphic artist Elena Mukhanova (b. 1945).

OCLC locates three copies of this edition: in the Stanford University Library, the Princeton University Library, and the Newark Public Library. 

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