Join our host David Hartman and fellow Columbia alumni as the book club discusses The Human Stain by Philip Roth; a selection from our book club member Elizabeth Shapiro.
The Human Stain chronicles the disgrace and downfall of Coleman Silk, an eminent classics professor at New England’s small Athena College. When Silk asks about two absent students, "Do they exist or are they spooks?" a specious charge of racism is brought against him, and in the bitter fight that follows, his life begins to unravel. The stunning revelation of Silk’s real identity and his hidden history, that the narrator, Nathan Zuckerman, pursues in The Human Stain. In so doing, he uncovers a life that is both uniquely fascinating and yet deeply representative of an essential American impulse. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2001.
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. Central | 7:30PM Eastern | 4:30PM Pacific
Location: Zoom Video Conference