Magazine
Latest Issue

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect