Monday, September 17, 2007

Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson's 1999 novel, The Mighty Walzer won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for comic writing; his Who’s Sorry Now (2002) and Kalooki Nights (2006) were long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

He has described Kalooki Nights as "the most Jewish novel that has ever been written by anybody, anywhere."

An interviewer from the Financial Times asked him a few questions, including:

What is the last thing you read that made you laugh out loud?

Dostoevsky’s The Eternal Husband.

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Who would you most like to sit next to at a dinner party?

Jane Austen. An American author said recently that had Philip Roth and Jane Austen had a child, I’d have been their offspring. I’d like to check out the family resemblance.

Read the entire interview.

--Marshal Zeringue