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Shylock Is My Name

Howard Jacobson

Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare's most unforgettable characters: Shylock Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of "The Merchant of Venice," Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism and revenge. While Strulovich struggles to reconcile himself to his daughter Beatrice's "betrayal" of her family and heritage - as she is carried away by the excitement of Manchester high society, and into the arms of a footballer notorious for giving a Nazi salute on the field - Shylock alternates grief for his beloved wife with rage against his own daughter's rejection of her Jewish upbringing. Culminating in a shocking twist on Shylock's demand for the infamous pound of flesh, Jacobson's insightful retelling examines contemporary, acutely relevant questions of Jewish identity while maintaining a poignant sympathy for its characters and a genuine spiritual kinship with its antecedent-a drama which Jacobson himself considers to be "the most troubling of Shakespeare's plays for anyone, but, for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish, also the most challenging."

Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare's most unforgettable characters: Shylock Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of "The Merchant of Venice," Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism and revenge. While Strulovich struggles to reconcile himself to his daughter Beatrice's "betrayal" of her family and heritage - as she is carried away by the excitement of Manchester high society, and into the arms of a footballer notorious for giving a Nazi salute on the field - Shylock alternates grief for his beloved wife with rage against his own daughter's rejection of her Jewish upbringing. Culminating in a shocking twist on Shylock's demand for the infamous pound of flesh, Jacobson's insightful retelling examines contemporary, acutely relevant questions of Jewish identity while maintaining a poignant sympathy for its characters and a genuine spiritual kinship with its antecedent-a drama which Jacobson himself considers to be "the most troubling of Shakespeare's plays for anyone, but, for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish, also the most challenging."
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Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare's most unforgettable characters: Shylock Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of "The Merchant of Venice," Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch. With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion, concerned still with questions of identity, parenthood, anti-Semitism and revenge. While Strulovich struggles to reconcile himself to his daughter Beatrice's "betrayal" of her family and heritage - as she is carried away by the excitement of Manchester high society, and into the arms of a footballer notorious for giving a Nazi salute on the field - Shylock alternates grief for his beloved wife with rage against his own daughter's rejection of her Jewish upbringing. Culminating in a shocking twist on Shylock's demand for the infamous pound of flesh, Jacobson's insightful retelling examines contemporary, acutely relevant questions of Jewish identity while maintaining a poignant sympathy for its characters and a genuine spiritual kinship with its antecedent-a drama which Jacobson himself considers to be "the most troubling of Shakespeare's plays for anyone, but, for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish, also the most challenging."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Kitchen

Length:

7h 28m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:51


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:08


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:48


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:27


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:35


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:46


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:17


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:36


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:49


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:25


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:52


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:14


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:21


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:30


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:16


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:08


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

00:27