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Lekcja anatomii (Zuckerman Bound #3)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,702 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
At forty, the writer Nathan Zuckerman comes down with a mysterious affliction—pure pain, beginning in his neck and shoulders, invading his torso, and taking possession of his spirit. Zuckerman, whose work was his life, is unable to write a line. Now his work is trekking from one doctor to another, but none can find a cause for the pain and nobody can assuage it. Zuckerman ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published 2006 by Zysk i S-ka (first published 1983)
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Nov 06, 2015 Giovanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La lezione di anatomia è una grande domanda sul dolore. Su un dolore fisico che non dipende per forza, freudianamente, da cause psicologiche, ma che obbliga Nathan Zuckerman a fare i conti con la sua vita, con quella che è stata e con quella che sarà. La sua vita di scrittore, infatti, l'ha portato a ripiegarsi su se stesso (fino a farsi venire mal di schiena), l'ha spinto a spremere tutta la sua interiorità. Non scrive più da quattro anni, non ha più niente da scrivere su di sé, non riesce a sc ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Fewlas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, ebraismo
L’arte a confronto con la vita, lo scrittore in guerra con il suo mestiere.
La crisi di Zuckerman inizia con dei dolori di origine sconosciuta e coinvolge poi tutta la sua vita. Con la morte di entrambi i genitori, un fratello che non gli rivolge più la parola e un harem di donne tutte disponibilissime a curarlo e a prendersi cura di lui, lo scrittore si interroga sulle cause dei suoi dolori e prova a rintracciarne l’origine in quel conflitto generazionale tra padri e figli ebrei che rappresenta
Oct 12, 2007 Joeji rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aspiring writers and doctors
Shelves: fiction, jewish
What is perhaps so striking about this book is that Philip Roth depicts an aging writer who, because of undiagnosed physical pain, has stopped writing filling his world with doubt and despair. Zuckerman's pain is very much an investigation of Roth's own biographical highlights. Roth too recovered from surgery, stopped finding writing worthwhile, and was attacked over and over again for his most infamous novel Portnoy's Complaint i.e. "Carnovsky." So disillusioned with writing is Zuckerman that h ...more
Sep 15, 2010 §-- rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
"His father had never forgiven the mockery in Carnovsky...the wounded pride, the confused emotions, the social embarassment...his brother had claimed that he'd committed murder..he didn't consider it seemly, twenty years on, still to be complaining to his roommate that nobody from New Jersey knew how to read." (p. 621)

"The last of the old-fashioned fathers. And we, though Zuckerman, the last of the old-fashioned sons. Who that follows after us will understand how midway through the twentieth ce
Aug 18, 2007 Ja'net rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If the first half of this book didn't exist, the book would've earned three/three and a half stars. But the first 150 pages or so are completely unfocused, boring, and incredible (though I've heard much of what happens in the book actually happened to Roth in real life--a claim that is irrelevant, as far as I'm concerned)that I nearly hurled this book across the room at several points during my arduous attempts at finishing it. The Anatomy Lesson was my first and LAST experience with Roth.
I liked this but it was just too long. I enjoyed 'The Ghost Writer' and 'Zuckerman Unbound' because they were both short and easier to absorb. This one is twice the length and that is twice as long as I wanted to spend in the poisonous world of Nathan Zuckerman. About halfway through I stopped caring about Zuckerman: I wished he would just go and kill himself so I could be finished with the story. But on it goes for another 100 pages...

As usual with Roth, he lightens things up with some comic mo
Oct 11, 2008 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was arguably a mistake to read "The Anatomy Lesson" without first reading the previous two books in the Zuckerman series, but the third installment works fine on its own, especially if the reader has a working knowledge of Philip Roth's own history. One can easily mentally replace "Carnovsky," the book for which author Nathan Zuckerman became famous, with Roth's own "Portnoy's Complaint," and all becomes clear. (I read "Portnoy's Complaint" many, many years ago, but it's not a book one quickl ...more
Aug 27, 2007 R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grief-stricken sons, doubtful writers
Shelves: 2007
Perhaps...perhaps the comparisons to Kafka aren't entirely unjustified.

My "problem" with approaching Roth has always been the instinct that his books were about him.

Well, no surprise: they are. Or at least this one is.

Even the dialogue comes off sounding like he's sitting there at his typewriter, furiously talking to himself putting the anger into Zuckerman's voice, and the dissenting opinion into the voice of the Female Who Adores Him.


Or, more correctly:

"Jews push!"
"Jews pul
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

As regular visitors know, I'm in the midst of reading all nine of the autobiographical "Nathan Zuckerman" novels that author Philip Roth has penned over the decades, from 1979's The Ghost Writer to 2007's Exit Ghost. And that's because, as a newish book critic (only three years full-time now), I'm continua
Saverio Mariani
Il miglior libro della (virtuale, ma manco tanto) trilogia che ha come protagonista Nathan Zuckerman. Rispetto a Lo scrittore fantasma e a Zuckerman scatenato, qui Roth ha un unico obiettivo: una freccia è piantata in un albero ed egli le gira intorno, sviscerandocene tutte le sfumature. Zuckerman soffre di un mal di testa-collo che lo blocca non solo fisicamente, ma anche nella scrittura. Il successo di Carnovsky è ancora un fardello, ed infatti egli dà la colpa di questo dolore alla scrittura ...more
May 28, 2015 Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are parts of the book that are worthy of four stars, but they were few and far between. As with the previous Zuckerman novels, it improved greatly as it progressed, but the first third of the novel I found incredibly tiresome. I hate it when authors have to respond to their critics within their books (I found it petty when Tina Fey responded to internet commenters in 'Bossypants' as well), and having a literary alter ego respond to a fictional critic is one of the most trifling acts I can ...more
Jan 25, 2010 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to get sucked in by Roth -- a phrasing that Philip would indeed love, as I discover more and more his exploration of the themes of not only his Jewishness but that of sexuality. In general this book covers themes that his earlier works has as well, but what I'm really loving (especially with the Zuckerman series) is his method of playing around with the writer's mentality as Zuckerman (the fictional writer) explores his work and his art and its effect as a way of mirroring his own (Ro ...more
Justin Evans
May 17, 2010 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Far and away the most rewarding of the first three Zuckerman books. Is that because Roth is just a less cliched character as he gets older? I find that hard to believe. But it makes me wonder- if you're writing what is essentially autobiography, and you're committed to not lying, how hard is it to attain any artistic unity? Not sure Roth did it in the Ghost Writer or in Z. Unbound; here he manages a bit better. Maybe that's just because the Portrait of the Young Artist thing of GW is mind boggli ...more
Aug 30, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: roth-zuckerman lovers
this is the conclusion to the first zuckerman trilogy of roth's series. From what i understand, this first collection of zuckerman books (continued with The Prague Orgy) is more about the life of the artist and the writing process and the lows and highs of being a popular author. Contrary to this, the later zuck books actually expand from these themes and deal with characters other than zuckerman himself. Of these first three, i found zuckerman unbound to be the most entertaining to read. it was ...more
Feb 21, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first half of the book, I thought this was going to be my favorite Zuckerman book. Nathan Zuckerman, put down by some serious pain that no one had been able to find the source of, stoops to the level of possibly letting happen what he'd been resisting through Zuckerman Unbound, and that was becoming his own character, Carnovsky. Like the previous book, Zuckerman still has some struggles with his fame, but some passages are LOL-funny. The extrmism and downright horniness of the writing be ...more
Jeremy Allan
Do you pinch your arm to try to distract yourself from the pain of a stubbed toe?

Warning: you may start to feel sympathetic pain if you set this book down midstream. It's as if Nathan Zuckerman will leave you alone only so long as you keep on with his narrative. Otherwise, he'll start to project his suffering on you, until you've finished the novel.

My father says, "Roth can be an acquired taste." I believe everything my father says, but especially in this case. So, if you don't like Roth, fine
Sep 14, 2010 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Nathan Zuckerman and his doppelganger Philip Roth have grown on me. While not exactly likable, Nathan at age 41 in this installment of the Zuckerman trilogy helped me to understand the method of Roth's fictions. They are totally centered in one single consciousness. I guess that should be obvious, but somehow the intensity of Nathan's ruminating and suffering here made the obvious hit me over the head. There was a funny section (both ha ha and strange)in this novel that showed how the novelist c ...more
Krok Zero
Nov 10, 2008 Krok Zero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall-2008
As always, Roth's prose is breathtaking, and engaging every step of the way. But I'm getting awfully tired of whiny-ass Zuckerman. It's amazing how Roth keeps finding new ways to weave innumerable handsome sentences out of what are essentially the same three or four of Zuckerman's problems. I found it amusing that Zuck's big goal is to escape the solipsistic life of the novelist, while this novel—The Anatomy Lesson—is built entirely on a foundation of solipsism. Obviously Roth knows that, so I g ...more
Jul 03, 2008 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: David
Roth has a way of moving forward thru the character known as Zuckerman where he feels tornado-like verbally. Plot points arrive and he moves through them then rotates to a surprising next point. Being Jewish is a theme here again and instead of answering a question he had one character pose, he uses action, and a change in situation to respond - Roth is one deft writer of energy, high intelligence, humor both comic and manic, as well as unafraid to deal with subjects by showing gradations rather ...more
Aug 04, 2008 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beckett agonistes
Accurate title ... I don't really want to talk about it, and maybe it should have rated three stars for its lack of narrative cohesion ... but who else can attempt to write a comic novel about back pain and end up collapsing in a cemetery and breaking everything but his teeth, then somehow those as well. Do I feel sorry for Zuckerman? Is his Jewish, heterosexual-identified body more fragile than my own? (We both have experienced jaw-wiring and fellatio, in this case even toyed with as an *active ...more
Sep 25, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If one forgets that Zuckerman had six more proper books, “Anatomy Lesson’s” ending could serve as a fitting coda to the (in that case) Zuckerman trilogy. Like “Unbound,” it is a very navel-centric work, settling scores with the intellectual New Yorkers who turned on Roth in the late 50’s and early 60’s. To some extent, it is a literary kin to Dylan’s post-folk work, when he broke with a similarly angry group of New York Jews, a mix tape of “Positively 4th Street,” “Fourth Time Around,” “Sad Eyed ...more
Rita De oliveira
Este livro já tem mais de 30 anos, apesar de agora ter sido reeditado e por isso ganhado nova visibilidade. Nathan é um escritor judeu, famoso por um livro que escreveu que põe em causa toda a sua religião, magoando a sua família e comunidade.

Aos 40 anos, é acometido por uma dor terrível que lhe afeta o pescoço e os ombros, não lhe permitindo pensar em mais nada a não ser em acabar com ela. Depois de percorrer todo o tipo de especialistas, e de se entreter com uma série de «amigas» que lhe vão s
Lukasz Pruski
I find Philip Roth's "The Anatomy Lesson" (1983), the third novel in the Zuckerman trilogy, rather unfocused and uneven. The book contains spellbinding passages but also some unbearably boring ones. I loved "Portnoy's Complaint", which I read over 40 years ago, and I quite disliked Mr. Roth's "The Breast" ( reviewed here). This novel would place somewhere in between in my ranking.

Nathan Zuckerman is a 40-year-old author of four well-received novels. He is suffering from extreme pain in his arms,
Michael Battaglia
After you've managed to become successful, achieve fame, and tangentially stuff your parents into guilt-encrusted wheelbarrows and push them all the way down the road that we all must one day go, what do you do for an encore? Why, how about develop a debilitating degree of chronic pain that refuses all attempts at a cure?

Poor Nathan Zuckerman. As a burgeoning writer he should have realized that the events of "The Ghost Writer" were a metaphorically laced warning as to a possible path for himself
Mar 23, 2007 Ioana-Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Part of the Zuckerman trilogy). Zuckerman is one of Roth's first-person narrators. He's a successful writer who hasn't written in a long time. He has a constant back/neck pain, so he spends his days lying down on a mat, trying to juggle his three mistresses. To ease his pain, he takes painkillers, drinks votca, and smokes pot. In his delirious attempt to change his life, he takes a trip which will change his life. (Not really, it just sounded cool to write that.)
Jan 28, 2016 Dpcinh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The philosophical insights about physical pain made compelling reading "... pain could make you awfully primitive if not counteracted by steady, regular doses of philosophical thinking."

“Chronic pain teaches us: one, what well-being is; two, what cowardice is; three, a little something of what it is to be sentenced to hard labor. Pain is work … it teaches us who is boss ... You can suffer it. You can struggle against it. You can hate it. You can attempt to understand it. You can try running. And
Jul 14, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be my favorite of the Zuckerman series. Maybe even one of Roth's better books outside of ones like "The Plot Against America," "American Pastoral," and "The Human Stain." Extremely visceral at times, yet wonderfully comedic at others. At the core, the mental torment the narrator struggles with seems more fully realized than in many other Roth books. I certainly wasn't expecting to get this much. A must read for any Roth aficionado.
Noah Dropkin
The third book in the Zuckerman collection. I wasn't my favorite. Not nearly as creative as the first one and a bit too self-absorbed for my tastes. I like Roth a lot but in this book he is too wrapped up in the aftermath of his own writing of Portnoy (Carnovsky in the novel).
detesto quando anobii va in palla mentre salvo i commenti. quasi quanto detesto riscrivere una cosa già scritta, con la fatica che mi costa. ho provato a copiare e incollare prima del disastro, ma tutto quello che sono riuscito a salvare è la fine del commento:
...non sono altro, che si guardano alle spalle e si dolgono di aver mandato in vacca una vita. roth ha creato lo stereotipo dello scrittore ebreo che non fa un cazzo tutto il giorno, vive di rendita e si fa un mondo di seghe mentali. lo so
Feb 09, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The aging Zuckerman is turning inward. He is feeling the most removed he's ever felt from his native subject, the middle class Jews of Newark, NJ. Worse, inexplicable aches and pains are taking over his body; Zuckerman can do no more than lay on his back most afternoons. It is in this enfeebled state that he has the time to craft withering attacks on his enemies and a construct a specious backstory for himself that is rigorous in its self-aggrandizement.

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Philip Milton Roth is an American novelist. He gained early literary fame with the 1959 collection Goodbye, Columbus (winner of 1960's National Book Award), cemented it with his 1969 bestseller Portnoy's Complaint, and has continued to write critically-acclaimed works, many of which feature his fictional alter ego, Nathan Zuckerman. The Zuckerman novels began with The Ghost Writer in 1979, and inc ...more
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