JC Evening: Last Word
The Finkler Question is the ‘first unashamedly comic novel’ to win the prestigious Booker Prize and flagrantly Jewish to boot. Howard Jacobson and Jonathan Freedland – two restlessly questing souls – wrestled “finklerisms” in intellectual combat: Does Jewishness provide a “way in” to the deep and meaningful questions of life? Is life invariably melancholy? Are friends inevitably disloyal? Can love endure? These two mighty Mega-Wits contemplated life’s tragicomic dimensions as they competed for JBW 2011’s final word.
Howard Jacobson – celebrated novelist, broadcaster, journalist and literary scholar – won the 2010 Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Finkler Question.
Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. His thrillers are written under the pseudonym Sam Bourne and his family memoir is entitled Jacob’s Gift.
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