From Society member Elèna Mortara we have this exciting news regarding Roth's recent honors in Italy:
On October 24, 2017, a first volume collecting Philip Roth’s fiction, 1959-1986, edited and with introduction by Elèna Mortara, was published by the most prestigious Italian literary series, Meridiani Mondadori, the Italian equivalent of the Library of America Edition in the USA and the Pléiade in France. This is the complete title of the volume: Philip Roth, Romanzi, I vol. (1959-1986), ed. and with intro. by Elèna Mortara, Milan: Meridiani Mondadori, 2017, pp. CXXV-1885.
The book, in its beautiful leather-bound edition of 2000 pages, includes eight of Roth’s novels (Goodbye, Columbus; Portnoy’s Complaint; My Life as a Man; The Ghost Writer; Zuckerman Unbound; The Anatomy Lesson; The Prague Orgy; The Counterlife) translated into Italian, accompanied by a critical apparatus of over 200 pages: a long general introduction by Elèna Mortara (“Philip Roth, o del vivere in conflitto”, i.e. Philip Roth, or About Living in Conflict, pp. XI-CIII), critical notes on each text, by Elèna Mortara and Paolo Simonetti, a chronology of the author’s life, and a detailed bibliography.
There will be two more volumes devoted to Philip Roth’s later works published by Meridiani Mondadori in the following years.For a comment by Philip Roth on this “ornately bound Mondadori volume,” see Charles McGrath’s interview with Roth, “No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say,” in The New York Times, January 16, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/books/review/philip-roth-interview.html