Philip Roth Three-peats the PEN/Faulkner
Posted by: Keir Graff
Philip Roth has won the 2007 PEN/Faulkner award for fiction, for Everyman. He’s the first writer to have won it three times. (He also won for The Human Stain  and Operation Shylock .) From the Washington Post (“For Roth, a 3rd PEN/Faulkner Win, by Bob Thompson”):
Roth’s novel tells the story of the physical decline and death of its unnamed protagonist. “What hit me so hard about ‘Everyman’ was its intensity, and its systematic, pitiless stripping away of false comforts — and then real comforts,” said David Gates, one of the three writers who served as judges. “The only comfort for the reader is that Roth has faced such terrifying truths absolutely straight, and made even this devastating material into a thing of beauty.”
I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds like a great double feature with The Road. Roth has now won so many awards that he can afford to be discriminating about them:
“I’m delighted,” he said in a telephone interview. The PEN/Faulkner is a gratifying award, he said, because over the years “there just seems to be a consistency to the quality of the winners.”
“Unlike some of those other awards I’ve won,” he added, rolling his eyes.