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J: A Novel By Howard Jacobson

J: A Novel
by Howard Jacobson

Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker PrizeShortlisted for the 2014 Goldsmiths PrizeSet in the future - 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.
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Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize Shortlisted for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize Set in the future - 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. Howard Jacobson, one of Britain's greatest novelists and winner of the 2010 Man Booker prize, has written a novel which 'may well come to be seen as the dystopian British novel of its times'. (John Burnside, Guardian) Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. Kevern doesn't know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasn't then, and isn't now, the time or place to be asking questions. Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about who she was or where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn't ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren't sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they've been pushed into each other's arms. But who would have pushed them, and why? Hanging over the lives of all the characters in this novel is a momentous catastrophe - a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened. J is a novel to be talked about in the same breath as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World, thought-provoking and life-changing. It is like no other novel that Howard Jacobson has written.

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Sku
GOR006075250
Title
J: A Novel
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year published
Number of pages
336
ISBN 10
0224101978
ISBN 13
9780224101974
Prizes
Short-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 (UK) Short-listed for The Goldsmiths Prize 2014 (UK) Short-listed for Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2016 (UK) Long-listed for The Folio Prize 2015 (UK)
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