Howard Jacobson: Kalooki Nights

(Fiction, 450 pp. 2007)

This darkly comic novel takes place in Manchester, England in the wake of the Holocaust. Max, a professional cartoonist, was raised in a working class political family. When his deeply religious friend Manny is involved in an unspeakable crime, Max struggles to make sense of his complex family, his art, his Jewishness, and his lust for gentile women.  

  • Review by Brian Cheyette, The Guardian, May 30, 2007
  • Review by Jordana Horn, Washington Post, July 26, 2007
  • Review by Zoe Strimple, New York Sun, May 11, 2007
  • Review by Victoria Brownworth, Baltimore Sun, April 29, 2007
  • Review by Sam Jordison, The Guardian, September 20, 2010
  • Review by John Mullan, The Guardian, September 17, 2010
  • Review by Jennifer Gilmore, Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2007
  • Article by Howard Jacobson on writing “Kalooki Nights”
  • “How to play Kalooki"
  • Video: Howard Jacobson on Kalooki Nights (4 min.)