New by Abraham Rothberg:
What Time Is It Now? Reflection on Literature and Life: Selected Essays by
315 pages pages, 6" x 9", perfect
"What Time Is It Now?" is a retrospective selection of essays, sharply
observed and often humorous, that span almost half a century of
reflections of modern life and literature, politics and personality. There
is an essay analyzing the operations of British Secret Intelligence in the
novels of John LeCarré, explorations of the conflicts between "superman"
Social Darwinism and Socialism as portrayed in the works of Jack London.
The collection contains a series of personal forays into the nature of
modern marriage, of trying to "cultivate one's own garden" in modern life,
as well as how novelists have depicted the "flawed dream" of American
politics. In addition, there are analyses of Gary Snyder's poetry and
their sources, Solzhenitsyn's short stories and plays and their underlying
morality, and the domestic turbulence of Arnold Wesker's English dramas.
Several essays also describe and dissect anti-Semitism in European life
and literature, its roots and reverberations, and in one instance, in the
works of T.S. Eliot.
Twenty-five previously published essays are featured:
“The Decline and
Fall of George Smiley” First published in Southwest
Review, Autumn, 1981.
“East End, West End:
Arnold Wesker” First published in Southwest Review,
“Waiting for Wesker”
First published in Antioch Review, Winter, 1964-65.
“Currents in the
Literary Volga” First published in New Mexico Quarterly,
Short Stories” First published in Kansas Quarterly,
Plays” First published in Southwest Review, Spring,
Decades” First published in Southwest Review, Spring,
“The Obsession of
Morality” First published in Interplay, February 1971.
“The Archipelago of
Gulag” First published in Southwest Review, Autumn,
“Moscow Englishman” First published in Interplay, August, 1970.
American Myth” First published by Bantam Books, 1963.
“Old Stock: Jack
London & the Valley of the Moon” First published in
Southwest Review, Autumn, 1977.
“Land Dogs and Sea
Wolves” First published in Massachusetts Review, Autumn,
“The War in the
Members: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” First published by
Bantam Books, 1967.
“The Flawed Dream:
Amerian Novels of Politics” First published in
Interplay, January 1968.
Revolution” First published in Southwest Review, Winter
“A Passage to More
than India: The Poetry of Gary Snyder” First published
in Southwest Review, Winter 1978.
Appointment in Sambuco” First published in New Leader,
July 4-11, 1960.
“War Songs My Mother
Sang” First published in Congress Weekly,
“The Martyrdom of
T.S. Eliot” First published in Midstream, January 1998.
“Confusions of a
Wondering Jew” Copyright © 2009. First publication.
“What Time is it
Now?” First published in Southwest Review, Summer, 1973.
Plus five new essays:
“The Taste of the
Past” First publication.
“In Partial Praise
of Marriage” First publication.
“Cultivate Your Own
Garden” First publication.
“The Plague Returns”
“T.S. Eliot Among
the Saints and Martyrs” First publication.
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