ISBN 9781408809938,The Finkler Question

The Finkler Question



Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9781408809938

ISBN-10 1408809931


Number of Pages 321 Pages
Language (English)


Summary Of The Book


The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson is an insightful story of three people- Julian Treslove, Sam Finkler, and Libor Sevcik. Julian Treslove is a former producer of BBC radio, who believes that he is more Jewish than the Jews themselves! Sam Finkler is a well known Jewish author, a specialist in philosophy, and a television dignitary. Libor Sevcik is a Jewish Czech teacher and a Hollywood gossip columnist. 

Julian Treslove is robbed by a woman while he was returning after the dinner at Libor’s magnificent house in the central part of London. After a nostalgic get together of the trio who are best friends, this attack has left him with guilt and remorse. The lady sizzles at him by saying “You Ju”. What could it possibly mean? Julian is in love with Hephzibah and she is Libor’s niece’s granddaughter. Meanwhile, Julian is having nightmares of his dead wife Tyler. What is Julian scared about, or is it just the guilt? What makes Julian join the ‘Ashamed’ institute? With such intriguing stories that happen one after the other, this novel will leave its readers mesmerised. Through the protagonists of this novel, the author tries to paint a picture of how the Jews in contemporary England struggle to retain their rich heritage and how often they fall victim to the Modern Anti-Semitism.

This novel was awarded with the Man Booker Prize in the year 2010.  Howard Jacobson is a prolific journalist and author of comical novels and has firm British Jewish roots. Some of his fiction books are titles as Coming From Behind, Redback, No More Mister Nice Guy, The Very Model of a Man, The Making of Henry, The Mighty Walzer, The Act of Love, Zoo Time, Peeping Tom, Kalooki Nights, and Who's Sorry Now?. His books that fall under the non fictitious category are Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It, Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews, and In the Land of Oz. He attended the Stand Grammar School, Whitefield. He studied English at the Downing College in Cambridge. He worked as a professor in the University of Sydney, Wolverhampton Polytechnic and at the Selwyn College in Cambridge. He has also hosted shows like Howard Jacobson Takes on the Turner, The South Bank Show, Creation, and My Son the Novelist.