“Operation Shiksa: A Philip Roth Mystery He Didn’t Write”

David Handelman purchased a used copy of Philip Roth’s Operation Shylock: A Confession. He was enjoying it until page 55, when he found some markings:

I leafed ahead and discovered to my horror that a previous owner had underlined, annotated, asterisked, circled and exclamation-pointed with abandon….

The careful handwriting looked feminine; the fact that every Yiddish word had been underlined with a question mark in the margin led me to believe she was not Jewish. (She didn’t get Roth’s admittedly cringeworthy pun, “There’s no business like Shoah business.”)


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