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English: 1st edition cover

English: 1st edition cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Goodbye, Columbus

Goodbye, Columbus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He first gained attention with the 1959 novella Goodbye, Columbus, an irreverent and humorous portrait of American-Jewish life for which he received the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. In 1969 his profile rose significantly after the publication of the (then) controversial Portnoy’s Complaint, the humorous and sexually explicit psychoanalytical monologue of “a lust-ridden, mother-addicted young Jewish bachelor”, filled with “intimate, shameful detail, and coarse, abusive language”.

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