The Netanyahus (Paperback)
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The Netanyahus (Paperback)

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Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 05/05/2021
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The author of Moving Kings audaciously blends fact and fiction in this sprightly and satirical comedy of manners that finds a Jewish-American academic descended upon by the future Israeli Prime Minister as an unruly child.   

Corbin College, not-quite-upstate New York, winter 1959-1960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historian - but not an historian of the Jews - is coopted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the reluctant host, to guests who proceed to lay waste to his American complacencies. 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.

Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
ISBN: 9781913097608
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 197 x 125 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Joshua Cohen is such an accomplished writer it's surprising he isn't a better known one. ... Cohen's new book - his sixth - continues the turn to allegorical realism [and] is among his best: a fastidious and very funny book that is one of the most purely pleasurable works of fiction I've read in ages.'
Jon Day, Financial Times

'The Netanyahus is Cohen's sixth novel, his most conventional and his best to date. It is a tour de force: compact, laugh-out-loud funny, the best new novel I've read this year [and] probably the funniest novel ever written about contending historiographies. ... Cohen's lesson, in this determinedly comic novel, is that history happens as farce and tragedy simultaneously.'
John Phipps, The Times

'No one writing in English today is more gifted than Joshua Cohen. Every page of The Netanyahus - an historical account of a man left out of history, a wickedly funny fable of the return of the repressed - crackles with Cohen's high style and joyride intelligence.'
Nicole Krauss, author of Forest Dark

'The Netanyahus is constructed with a brilliant comic grace that moves from the sly to the exuberant. Some scenes are funny beyond belief. But even when moments in the book are sharp or melancholy, they keep an undertone of witty and ironic observation. The vision in this book is deeply original, making clear what a superb writer Joshua Cohen is.'
Colm Toibin, author of The Magician

'Cohen is an extraordinary prose stylist, surely one of the most prodigious in American fiction today.'
James Wood, New Yorker

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