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Post by kosovohp on Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:56 am

His 1999 novel The Mighty Walzer, about a teenage table tennis champion, won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing. It is set in the Manchester of the 1950s and Jacobson, himself a teen ping pong fan, admits that there is more than an element of autobiography to it.[2] Both it and his 2002 novel Who's Sorry Now the central character of which is a Jewish luggage baron of South London and his 2006 novel Kalooki Nights were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Jacobson described Kalooki Nights as "the most Jewish novel that has ever been written by anybody, anywhere."[4]
As well as his fiction, he also writes a weekly column for The Independent newspaper as an op-ed writer. In recent times, he has, on several occasions, attacked anti-Israel boycotts, and for this reason has been labelled a "liberal Zionist".[5]
On 12 October 2010, Jacobson was awarded the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel The Finkler Question.[6] The book, published by Bloomsbury, explores what it means to be Jewish today and is also about "love, loss and male friendship".[6] Chair of the judges, Sir Andrew Motion said "The Finkler Question is a marvellous book: very funny, of course, but also very clever, very sad and very subtle. It is all that it seems to be and much more than it seems to be. A completely worthy winner of this great prize."[6] Jacobson is the oldest winner since William Golding's win in 1980 and The Finkler Question is the first comic novel in the forty-two year history of the prize.[7

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