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  • For him to write about and inside of The Merchant of Venice seems to me a marriage made in heaven

    Stephen Greenblatt
  • Inspired...It does what any good literary subversion should do: deepens and enhances one's appreciation of the original.

    James Lasdun, Guardian
  • Jacobson’s writing is virtuoso. He is the master of shifting tones, from the satirical to the serious. His prose has the sort of elastic precision you only get from a writer who is truly in command … There's also deep and sincere soul-searching going on here

    Lucasta Miller, Independent
  • A brilliant conceit… A powerful reimagining and reinvention of Shakespeare’s character.

    Adam Lively, The Sunday Times
  • Howard Jacobson’s reworking of The Merchant of Venice is a sly success… Irascible, eloquent Shylock is a man transplanted from the play to today.

    Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

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