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J : a novel

Author: Howard Jacobson
Publisher: London ; New York : Hogarth, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Love stories
Black humor (Literature.)
Black humor
Romance fiction
Fiction
Black humor (Literature)
Dystopias
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Jacobson
ISBN: 9780553419559 0553419552 9780553419566 0553419560
OCLC Number: 885148286
Awards: Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014
Description: 342 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Howard Jacobson.

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"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"--

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