A thought-provoking prescient novel from the Booker-prize winning author of The Finkler Question.
‘Remarkable…May well come to be seen as the dystopian British novel of its times’ Guardian
Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going.
They aren’t sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they’ve been pushed into each other’s arms. But who would have pushed them, and why?
Hanging over their lives is a momentous catastrophe – a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened.
Set in the future – a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited – J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying.
Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize and Longlisted for the JQ Wingate Literary Prize.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
British novelist Howard Jacobson imagines a future world throttled by unspoken atrocities and rampant paranoia. Falling in love against this backdrop is an impossible business, as the traumatised protagonists of the Man Booker–nominated J: A Novel inevitably discover. Jacobson—who won the prestigious prize in 2010 for The Finkler Question—softens the blow of his startling and disturbing dystopian novel with his trademark humour and tenderly observed human interactions.
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Not an enjoyable read
I'm disappointed to find this book made the short list for the Booker prize. It is a dense read, it doesn't flow, and seems horribly cliched. I'm not quite sure what the writer intended with this work - I found it an ungainly example of the horrors of anti-semitism.