Among the dozen or so figures who dominated American writing in the half-century following the war, Philip Roth stands as the great defier of his times, and of time itself. Author of The Counterlife, a novel built on realising parallel possibilities, as well as the counterfactual The Plot Against America, he was a chronology scrambler, a walking
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'Of the seventy-two heteronyms he created there appear listed in Zenith’s dramatis personae forty-seven fictional authors, ranging from admirable poets ... to minor practitioners of the word.'
Alberto Manguel on the remarkable Fernando Pessoa.