Dismissing the Pulitzer prize-winning author, Callil said that "he goes on and on and on about the same subject in almost every single book. It's as though he's sitting on your face and you can't breathe"....He's sitting on your face. Sitting on your face!
"I don't rate him as a writer at all. I made it clear that I wouldn't have put him on the longlist, so I was amazed when he stayed there. He was the only one I didn't admire – all the others were fine... Roth goes to the core of [the other judges'] beings. But he certainly doesn't go to the core of mine ... Emperor's clothes: in 20 years' time will anyone read him?"
May 18, 2011
Feminist on a panel that chooses winners of the Man Booker International prize withdraws when the panel picks Philip Roth.
The Guardian reports on the sensibilities of Camern Callil: