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The Finkler Panel

May 8, 2012 – 10:04 pm10 Comments

Galus Australis is excited to be hosting a couple of panel discussion sessions at the upcoming Limmud Oz in Melbourne.

One of these sessions will be on The Finkler Question and Jewish Identity. The Finkler Question, authored by Howard Jacobson (known in some quarters as “The English Philip Roth” although he apparently prefers to be known as “The Jewish Jane Austen”), was the Man Booker Prize winner for 2010, and was noted for its combination of brilliant comedic wit with pathos.

The novel centres on the friendship between three characters, two of them Jews and the other a philo-Semite. Amongst other things, the novel explores Jewish identity in the Diaspora, particularly in a climate of growing anti-Israel sentiment.

Panellists include Bram Presser, Mandi Katz, and Philip Mendes.

We encourage all our Melbourne-based readers to come along to participate in our panel discussion. For those have not yet had the privilege of reading this extremely humorous and insightful novel, there’s still time to read it, but you better get a move on, as Limmud Oz is just around the corner!

In the meantime, feel free to suggest any talking points in the comments sections.

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