Brain Candy Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Lists | October 5, 2015

    Zachary Thomas Dodson: IMG 10 Books That Will Change Your Mind about Bats

    Bats are a much-maligned animal. Long thought of as creepy or evil or diseased, a closer look reveals that the wide variety of bat species also... Continue »
    1. $19.57 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
List price: $15.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Literature- A to Z
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

Nemesis (Vintage International)


Nemesis (Vintage International) Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Set in a Newark neighborhood during a terrifying polio outbreak, Nemesis is a wrenching examination of the forces of circumstance on our lives.


Bucky Cantor is a vigorous, dutiful twenty-three-year-old playground director during the summer of 1944. A javelin thrower and weightlifter, he is disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries. As the devastating disease begins to ravage Bucky’s playground, Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed: fear, panic, anger, bewilderment, suffering, and pain. Moving between the streets of Newark and a pristine summer camp high in the Poconos, Nemesis tenderly and startlingly depicts Cantor’s passage into personal disaster, the condition of childhood, and the painful effect that the wartime polio epidemic has on a closely-knit, family-oriented Newark community and its children. 


About the Author

In 1997 Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral. In 1998 he received the National Medal of Arts at the White House and in 2002 the highest award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Gold Medal in Fiction. He has twice won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award three times. In 2005 The Plot Against America received the Society of American Historians’ Prize for “the outstanding historical novel on an American theme for 2003-2004.” Recently Roth received PEN’s two most prestigious awards: in 2006 the PEN/Nabokov Award and in 2007 the PEN/Bellow Award for achievement in American fiction. Roth is the only living American novelist to have his work published in a comprehensive, definitive edition by the Library of America. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal at the White House, and was later named the fourth recipient of the Man Booker International Prize.

Product Details

Roth, Philip
Vintage Books
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
fiction;polio;new jersey;novel;historical fiction;wwii;newark;summer camp;american literature;usa;american;jews;1940s;literature;21st century;us;epidemic;new york
fiction;polio;new jersey;novel;historical fiction;newark;wwii;american literature;usa;summer camp;literature;21st century;jews;1940s;american;epidemic;us;new york;guilt
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Vintage International
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8 x 5.1 x 0.7 in 0.5063 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Until I Find You: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $4.95
  2. The Sorrows of an American
    Used Hardcover $4.95
  3. Pygmy Used Trade Paper $8.00
  4. The Final Solution: A Story of Detection Used Hardcover $6.95

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » Literature
Featured Titles » Staff Picks
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Jewish
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Urban Life

Nemesis (Vintage International) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$10.50 In Stock
Product details 304 pages Vintage Books - English 9780307475008 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at