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Jacobson, Howard

Works: 45 works in 461 publications in 12 languages and 15,311 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Dystopias  Bildungsromans  Fictional autobiographies  Erotic fiction  Religious fiction  Anecdotes  Tennis stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6060.A32, 823.914
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The Finkler question by Howard Jacobson( Book )

66 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 2,952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular and disappointed BBC worker, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik, a Czechoslovakian always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results. Now, both Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor's grand, central London apartment. It's a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence in which all three remove themselves to a time before they had loved and lost; a time before they had fathered children, before the devastation of separations, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. Better, perhaps, to go through life without knowing happiness at all because that way you had less to mourn? Treslove finds he has tears enough for the unbearable sadness of both his friends' losses. And it's that very evening, at exactly 11:30pm, as Treslove hesitates a moment outside the window of the oldest violin dealer in the country as he walks home, that he is attacked. After this, his whole sense of who and what he is will slowly and ineluctably change. The Finkler Question is a scorching story of exclusion and belonging, justice and love, aging, wisdom and humanity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best"--Publisher description
Zoo time : a novel by Howard Jacobson( Book )

29 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In awe of his strikingly beautiful, highly strung wife and her equally volatile mother, novelist Guy Ableman finds his work persistently interrupted by their drama and dreams of squeezing out one more great book in spite of growing fears that reading is a cultural activity of the past
J : a novel by Howard Jacobson( Book )

27 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A profound, darkly comedic parable set in a future where collective memory has vanished following a historic catastrophe, and one young couple's love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race. In a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. After the devastation of WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED, all that should remain is peace and prosperity. Everyone knows his or her place; all actions are out in the open. But Esme Nussbaum has seen the distorted realities, the fissures that have only widened in the twenty-plus years since she was forced to resign from her position at the monitor of the Public Mood. Now, Esme finds something strange and special developing in a romance between Ailinn Solomons and Kevern Cohen. As this unusual pair's actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme realizes she must do everything in her power to keep them together--whatever the cost. With a sense of the dramatic sweep of Michael Ondaatje and the dystopian, literary sensibility of Margaret Atwood, Howard Jacobson's J is an astonishing feat of fiction. In this exquisitely written, beautifully playful and imaginative, and terribly heart-breaking work, Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career"--
Kalooki nights by Howard Jacobson( Book )

39 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having grown up in the 1950s wake of the Holocaust, Jewish cartoonist Max Glickman recalls a shocking crime committed against his family and faith by a neighbor, an act involving a long-hidden motive that reveals startling truths about twenty-first-century religion
The act of love by Howard Jacobson( Book )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Felix Quinn calls himself a happy man. He runs one of the oldest antiquarian bookshops in London and his wife, Marisa, is unfaithful to him. All husbands, Felix maintains, secretly want their wives to be unfaithful to them. Felix hasn't always thought this way. From the moment of his first boyhood rejection, surviving the shattering effects of love and jealousy had been the study of his life. But an event occurs while he is honeymooning with Marisa in Florida that changes all that. At a stroke he goes from dreading the thought of someone else's hands on the woman he loves to thinking about nothing else. From now on he is jealousy's slave and will know no peace until his wife betrays him, and then betrays him again. But how can it be called betrayal if it is what he wants? ... This is a story about agony-addiction; but it is also about the nature of desire itself, the exquisiteness of loss, and the universality of the impulse - whether a jealous husband's or an avid reader's - to play the voyeur, to probe and question, to want to know, day after day, page after page, who is doing what to whom and what will happen next
The Finkler question by Howard Jacobson( )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julian Treslove and Sam Finkler are old school friends who, despite a prickly relationship, have never lost touch with each other, or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick. The three men spent a sweetly painful evening together reminiscing, until an unexpected violent attack brings everything they thought they knew into question
Shakespeare's magnanimity : four tragic heroes, their friends, and families by Wilbur Sanders( Book )

9 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mighty Walzer : a novel by Howard Jacobson( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1950s Manchester, England, Oliver Walzer, a shy Jewish boy, comes of age in a household dominated by women. He finds that he has a natural talent for ping-pong, but things do not go as smoothly for him when it comes to women and sex
The making of Henry by Howard Jacobson( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Hebrew and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Not that the ghosts of Henry's past are prepared to disappear without a struggle - his old school-friend and rival Osmond 'Hovis' Belkin, currently enjoying a spectacularly successful career in Hollywood, his tragic great-aunt Marghanita for whom Henry once entertained a dangerous passion, and his father Izzi Nagel, upholsterer turned illusionist, fire-eater and origamist, whose shade Henry interrogates relentlessly. But the present clamours as loudly as the past. His dyspeptic neighbour Lachlan wants his sympathy, Lachlan's sloppy red setter, Angus, wants a walk, and Moira, the waitress with the crooked smile and custard hair who serves him cake and cappuccino, seems to want him. Kicking and screaming every inch of the way, Henry realises he might finally be falling in love."--Jacket
Who's sorry now? : a novel by Howard Jacobson( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sharing a long-time best friendship with a married sex addict, Charlie, a mild-mannered children's book author and faithful husband, tentatively asks his friend to introduce him to a more exciting life and triggers a profound sequence of events
Coming from behind by Howard Jacobson( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een door zijn joodse afkomst gefrustreerde leraar Engels zet zich uit jaloezie af tegen collega's en vrienden die het verder hebben gebracht dan hij
No more Mr. Nice Guy : a novel by Howard Jacobson( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Ritz is a television critic. His partner, Melissa Paul, is the author of pornographic novels for liberated women. He watches crap all day; she writes crap all day. It's a life. Or it was a life. Now they're fighting, locked in oral combat. He won't shut up, and she's putting her finger down her throat again. So there's only one thing to do: Frank has to go. But go where? And do what? What happens when sex is all you know and yet no longer what you want?
Whatever it is, I don't like it by Howard Jacobson( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of essays by award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson. These essays are from his most acclaimed columns from the Independent--Cover p. [4]
Peeping Tom by Howard Jacobson( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De overtuiging dat hij de reïncarnatie is van de 19e eeuwse auteur Thomas Hardy wordt voor een jonge man tot een obsessie die zijn leven gaat beheersen
Redback by Howard Jacobson( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The very model of a man by Howard Jacobson( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fall of man from Cain's point of view. He calls God a spiteful tyrant and has nasty things to say about such biblical personages as Abel, Adam and Eve, and his girlfriend, Zilpah. By the author of Coming from Behind
Kalooki nights by Howard Jacobson( Recording )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Life should have been sunny for Max Glickman, growing up in peacetime, with his mother's glamorous card evenings to look forward to, and photographs of his father's favourite boxers on the walls. But other voices whisper to him of Buchenwald, extermination, and the impossibility of forgetting. Fixated on the crimes that have been committed against his people, but unable to live among them, Max moves away, marries out, and draws cartoon histories of Jewish suffering in which no one, least of all the Jews, is much interested. But it's a life. Or it seems a life until Max's childhood friend Manny is released from prison."--Container
Zoo time by Howard Jacobson( Recording )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Struggling novelist Guy Ableman is in thrall to his vivacious wife Vanessa. The trouble is he is no less in thrall to her alluring mother, Poppy. They come as a pair, making it impossible for him to concentrate long enough to write. Not that anyone is reading anything, anyway. Reading, Guy fears, is finished. His publisher, fearing the same, has committed suicide. His agent, like all agents, is in hiding. In flight from personal disappointment, Guy wonders if it's time to take his love for Poppy to another level. Fiction might be dead, but desire isn't and out of that desire he imagines squeezing one more great book."--Publisher description
Seriously funny : from the ridiculous to the sublime by Howard Jacobson( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The act of love by Howard Jacobson( )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Felix Quinn is a happily married man, until his wife has an affair, then an event occurs that changes everything. He goes back and forth about the thought of someone else touching her to thinking about nothing else, knowing no peace until she betrays him many times. And is it called betrayal if this is what he wants
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The Finkler question
Alternative Names
Howard Jacobson britischer Schriftsteller

Howard Jacobson crivain britannique

Howard Jacobson scrittore, romanziere e umorista britannico

Jacobson, Howard

Jacobson, Howard Eric 1942-

Говард Джейкобсон

Говард Джэйкабсан

Джейкобсон, Говард

ג׳ייקובסון, הווארד

هاوارد جاکوبسن مجری تلویزیونی و نویسنده بریتانیایی

हॉवर्ड जैकबसन

হাওয়ার্ড জ্যাকবসন

ഹോവാഡ് ജേകബ്സൺ

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English (350)

German (13)

Italian (10)

French (8)

Spanish (6)

Russian (6)

Dutch (6)

Polish (4)

Hebrew (3)

Slovenian (1)

Danish (1)

Czech (1)

Kalooki nightsThe act of loveThe Finkler questionThe mighty Walzer : a novelThe making of HenryWho's sorry now? : a novelComing from behindNo more Mr. Nice Guy : a novel