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The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen

The Netanyahus

Joshua Cohen

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Imprint: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Publication date: 5 May 2021
ISBN: 9781913097608

Mixing fiction with non-fiction, the campus novel with the lecture, THE NETANYAHUS is a wildly inventive, genre-bending comedy of blending, identity, and politics - 'An Account of A Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family' that finds Joshua Cohen at the height of his powers.

4 stars out of 5
1 May 2021

"This is a funny and bold novel about two very different Jewish men and traditions"

Cohen writes with humour and wit — Blum is “flagrant with aftershave”; a colleague is described as “a sour-breathed harbinger of the perils of meritocracy” — but comedy is a way of seeing things, as well as describing them. When events take a late, serious turn, Cohen never deviates from the comic mode, deliberately leaving the reader questioning whether they should be finding this funny. In an epilogue that feels like a wry provocation, Cohen steps out from behind the curtain to provide the novel’s key: Blum is Harold Bloom, Benzion Netanyahu did teach in America, and as for the final scene — all Cohen can say is that it did happen.