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Philip Roth, 1933-2018

In his 2004 novel, The Plot Against America, Philip Roth precisely described the sinister and chilling nightmare in which the US now finds itself under Donald Trump. What does Roth think of the new administration – and of the possibilities for resisting it?

NEW YORK – On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, I met Philip Roth.

This was a surreal experience, given that, in his 2004 novel, The Plot Against America, Roth precisely described the sinister and chilling nightmare in which the United States now finds itself.

We met, along with our mutual friend Adam Gopnik, in Roth’s book-lined Manhattan apartment, where he has moved after announcing his retirement from writing.

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