The Eerie Familiarities of “Nemesis,” Philip Roth’s Novel of a Polio Epidemic


Philip Roth’s novel “Nemesis,” set in a fictionalized Newark, New Jersey, in 1944, brings back the fear of polio.Photograph by George Konig / GettyPhilip Roth’s last novel, “Nemesis,” from 2010, tells the story of a twenty-three-year-old gym teacher, Bucky Cantor, in Newark, New Jersey, in the summer of 1944. He is working as a...