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Shylock is My Name: The Merchant of Venice Retold

by Howard Jacobson - £8.99  Vintage (2016)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780099593287 | ISBN 10: 0099593289

Winner of the Booker Prize
AS SEEN ON BBC IMAGINE
 
�Who is this guy, Dad? What is he doing here?�
 
With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, wealthy art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch is in need of someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire�s Golden Triangle, he invites him back to his house. It�s the beginning of a remarkable friendship.
 
Elsewhere in the Golden Triangle, the rich, manipulative Plurabelle (aka Anna Livia Plurabelle Cleopatra A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever Christine) is the face of her own TV series, existing in a bubble of plastic surgery and lavish parties. She shares prejudices and a barbed sense of humour with her loyal friend D�Anton, whose attempts to play Cupid involve Strulovitch�s daughter � and put a pound of flesh on the line.
 
Howard Jacobson�s version of The Merchant of Venice bends time to its own advantage as it asks what it means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful human being in the modern world.

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