Howard Jacobson: The Finkler Question

(Fiction, 307 pp. 2010)

This brash, irreverent novel tackles the anxiety of Jewish life in Britain today through the lives of two Jewish widowers and their close non-Jewish friend.  At times uncomfortable, always witty, this winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize offers a darkly satiric perspective on Jewish identity, anti-Semitism, shifting attitudes towards Israel, and the nature of male friendship.

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  • Review by Janet Maslin, New York Times, October 21, 2010
  • Review by Leo Robson, New Statesman, July 30, 2010
  • Review by Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2010
  • Review by Ron Charles, Washington Post, October 13, 2010
  • Review by Edward Docx, The Observer, August 15, 2010
  • Article by Nicholas Lezard, “Is Howard Jacobson the only person writing British Jewish novels?,” The Guardian, October 15, 2010
  • Article by Mark Brown, “Howard Jacobson wins Booker Prize 2010 for The Finkler Question,” The Guardian, October 12, 2010
  • “Seven Jewish Children” from Wikipedia
  • “British Jews” from Wikipedia
  • Article by Donald Weber, “Anglo-Jewish Literature Raises Its Voice"
  • Article by Howard Jacobson, “Anti-Zionism: Facts (and Fictions),” Jewish Chronicle, July 28, 2010
  • Video interview (4 min.)