Howard Jacobson

Celebrated novelist Howard Jacobson's most recent novel is Man Booker-nominated 'J'. He has also written 'The Finkler Question', published to great acclaim in 2010. An acerbic critic and broadcaster with a passion for literature and art, he is known for his ebullient wit.

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A university which is a hotbed of offence-taking isn’t a university but an ideological prison camp and indoctrination centre

The freedom to think freely is more important than the right of women to enjoy equal respect to men

We are easily moved by suffering in art. In real life it’s far more complicated

Leaving the opera house wet-eyed recently, I had to pick my way between the homeless

The London Symphony Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev, performs a free open-air concert in Trafalgar Square

Help! London has been conquered by Event Security and nobody is safe from its pointless screens

This free concert I went to at Trafalgar Square was meant to be democracy in action, Shostakovich for everyone. But no

Votes are sorted at Prime Minister David Cameron's constituency election count on 7 May 2015 in Witney, England.

The problem with democracy – there are always going to be losers

It’s a law of our natures, to applaud where we already approve, and deride where we don’t

Raffaele Candilio's in Soho

Death takes an Italian tailor – and robs the world of rare dignity

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Soldiers stand guard in front of the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan during a commemoration ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide

The Jewish writer who took the Armenian genocide as his subject

What were the motives that drove Franz Werfel?

Crumpled bed sheets

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The period we are living through will come to be known as the Great Garrulousness

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There is hope of compromise if Israelis and Palestinians can lose their sense of righteousness

Should one side persuade others to their point of view, or do they only want to listen to the reverberations of their own outrage?

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