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Shylock is My Name: The Merchant of Venice Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare) Hardcover – 4 Feb 2016

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"For him to write about and inside of The Merchant of Venice seems to me a marriage made in heaven" (Stephen Greenblatt)

"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)

"Jacobson is clearly enjoying himself, savouring the play’s puzzles like a connoisseur with a complex wine, luxuriating in its themes of love, vengeance, forgiveness and justice, exploring what it means to be Jewish, then and now… Provocative, caustic and bold." (Rebecca Adams Financial Times)

"An unusually engaged form of literary criticism ... Jacobson treats Shylock less as a product of Shakespeare's culture and imagination than as a real historical figure emblematic of Jewish experience" (Anthony Cummins Prospect)

"Supremely stylish, probing and unsettling… Jacobson's writing is virtuoso. He is a 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." (Irish Independent)

"A shrewd and powerful examination of what is means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful human being, this is another witty and thought-provoking tale from Jacobson." (Sebastian Shakespeare Tatler)

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Man Booker Prize-winner and our great chronicler of Jewish life revisits Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hogarth (4 February 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781090289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781090282
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,59,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3.0 out of 5 starsGood but rather a predictable approach
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