Shylock is My Name: The Merchant of Venice Retold
Winner of the Booker Prize. "The funniest British novelist since Kingsley Amis or Tom Sharpe". (Mail on Sunday). 'Who is this guy, Dad? What is he doing here?' With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, wealthy art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch is in need of someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire's Golden Triangle, he invites him back to his house. It's the beginning of a remarkable friendship..."Jacobson is quite simply a master of comic precision. He writes like a dream". (Evening Standard).
Man Booker Prize-winner and our great chronicler of Jewish life revisits Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
"Inspired...It does what any good literary subversion should do: deepens and enhances one's appreciation of the original." -- James Lasdun Guardian "Jacobson's writing is virtuoso. He is the master of shifting tones, from the satirical to the serious. His prose has the sort of elastic precision you only get from a writer who is truly in command ... There's also deep and sincere soul-searching going on here" -- Lucasta Miller Independent "A brilliant conceit... A powerful reimagining and reinvention of Shakespeare's character." -- Adam Lively The Sunday Times "Howard Jacobson's reworking of The Merchant of Venice is a sly success... Irascible, eloquent Shylock is a man transplanted from the play to today." -- Tim Martin Daily Telegraph "Shylock is My Name has much to tell us about loss, identity and modern antisemitism ... Simon's debates with Shylock, snapshots of a man haranguing his literary Creator, are the heart of this book, knowing and humane" -- Kate Maltby The Times
Howard Jacobson has written fourteen novels and five works of non-fiction. He won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for his most recent novel, J. Howard Jacobson's first book, Shakespeare's Magnanimity, written with the scholar Wilbur Sanders, was a study of four Shakespearean heroes. Many books later he has returned to Shakespeare with a contemporary interpretation of The Merchant of Venice - 'the most troubling of Shakespeare's plays for anyone, but, for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish, also the most challenging.'