Mercy of a Rude Stream by Henry Roth
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Mercy of a Rude Stream marks the astonishing return of Henry Roth, sixty years after the publication of his classic novel Call it Sleep. A book of time, memory, and desire, this new novel is set in the New York of World War I: a colorful vibrant, carelessly brutal city where an immigrant boy, Ira Stigmanm is coming of age. Like Joyce's Stephen Dedalus, Ira begins to discover the genius and the burden of his imagination, as he takes his first tentative steps toward adulthood.

A contempoary of the great modernist writers, Roth is being rediscovered by a new generation of readers.

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Henry Roth (1906 1995) is the author of Call It Sleep, An American Type and the quartet Mercy of a Rude Stream.
Published January 1, 1994 by St Martins Pr. 285 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Roth's much discussed sequel to Call It Sleep was 60 years in the writing and is the first in the author's projected six-volume series.

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