"But what is the imagination for if not to grasp how the world feels to those who don't think what you think?"

 

Critically acclaimed novelist and journalist Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize for his witty and tender exploration of love, neurosis and Jewish identity in his 2010 novel The Finkler Question, while his biting satire on the demise of literary culture, Zoo Time, won the 2013 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His comic novels, which frequently examine questions of Jewishness, have led to him being described as “The English Philip Roth” (Guardian), though Jacobson prefers to describe himself as “a Jewish Jane Austen”. As well as writing fiction, he also contributes a weekly column for The Independent, and has written and presented documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4.

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