Past Events

Past EventsSunday, March 6

JC Evening: Last Word

Jonathan Freedland
Howard Jacobson

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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