On March 16 he debuted at HBO and on HBO GO the miniseries The Plot Against America. With six episodes, the production is based on the dystopian novel by the American writer Philip Roth and tells an alternative version to the history of the United States. After the defeat of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential elections, a Jewish family in New Jersey follows the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an xenophobic aviator and populist hero who comes to the presidency leading the country to fascism.
Roth was a productive writer and published 31 books, several of which were brought to the screen. Check out three curiosities of his literature that help the viewer better understand his universe.
1. Nathan Zuckerman
Nathan Zuckerman is a character created by Roth who appears in many of his books: it is his alter ego, or "alter mind", as the writer called him. Zuckerman is the protagonist and narrator of several novels, such as My Life as a Man and The Phantom Writer. It also appears in The Human Brand, that was taken to the cinema and tells the past of Professor Coleman Silk (played by Anthony Hopkins) and his true racial identity, which emerges after he meets the writer Nathan Zuckerman (Gary Sinise) and the woman he loves, Faunia Farley (Nicole Kidman). Roth did not use Zuckerman to narrate The Plot Against America. In this novel, whoever tells the story is the author himself as a child.