Patrick Roth shares an interest in exploring the transcendental—the wonder of experiencing an epiphany that connects this world and another realm—with other contemporary German-language authors, ranging from Botho Strauss to Peter Weber and Urs Widmer. Continuing in the narrative tradition of Thomas Mann and James Joyce’s Dubliners, Roth’s texts, however, have an additional quality that sets him apart even within the group of “epiphanic” writers. While his focus is on moral issues, he studies them through the deep-lying psychological lens of identity which, in turn, is autobiographically informed in the specific meaning that Roth is writing “from” America. Ultimately, the main difference from other authors’ t…
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Stoehr, Ingo Roland. "Patrick Roth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 January 2009
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