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Canadian Jew Pick Scores Man Booker Longlist

‘Far to Go’ tells of Czech Jews in the 1930s

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Alison Pick (and friend) reading in 2009.(igmagogon/Flickr)

The Man Booker Prize longlist dropped today, and, as with the 13 names we were offered around this time last year, it is pretty clear whom Tablet Magazine is backing. The young Canadian author Alison Pick told the Forward earlier this year that she did not learn of her Jewish heritage until she was a young adult, and in fact nor did her father, who was informed by a tour guide at Prague’s famed Jewish cemetery that Pick is a Jewish name. She has since converted to Judaism, and her longlisted Far to Go, which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award, is about secular Czech Jews in the 1930s.

The Jews have a hot streak at the normally cold playing Man Booker field. Most recently, Philip Roth was given the biennial International Prize. And last year’s Man Booker, of course, went to Howard Jacobson for The Finkler Question.

Man Booker Prize List Ranges Far and Wide [ArtsBeat]
Q&A: Canadian Jewish Book Winner Alison Pick [The Arty Semite]
Earlier: Howard Jacobson Pulls Off Booker Upset
Roth Wins British Prize Amid Controversy
Jacobson’s Novel Longlisted

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Steve Stein says:

Man, that headline is hard to parse.

“… it is pretty clear whom Tablet Magazine is backing.”

Why would it be clear?

Brad Schwartz says:

What’s a “Jew Pick”? Sounds offensive.

Not only is the headline inscrutable. So is the logic of the article. Does Tablet automatically favor Jews to win prizes in literature because of their religion or Jewish heritage rather than due to the merit of their writing? I find that offensive.

Per Schwartz and Gerard, above, that too was my reading but wasn’t totally positive. But the sense of Tracy’s statement (“… it is pretty clear whom Tablet Magazine is backing,”) once again I’d ask him to lay off the Jewish vanity — it may be cute and amusing the first time;..but it’s well-beyond the first time.

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Canadian Jew Pick Scores Man Booker Longlist

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