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Book Review: Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson

By Anthony Cummins   February 2016

Hogarth, £16.99

51B+MdG+LfL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_After his previous novel, J, about anti-semitic massacres in a near-future Britain, Howard Jacobson returns to his usual comic mode by rewriting The Merchant of Venice as part of a series in which authors from Jeanette Winterson to Jo Nesbø base new novels on Shakespeare plays.

Jacobson transplants 16th-century Venice to a flashy Manchester suburb with a cast including an airhead footballer and a spoiled reality star ripe for the sort of grumpy-old-man satire on show in his 2012 novel Zoo Time. The persecuted…

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