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Howard Jacobson Wins Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

“In comedy down is up.”  Yesterday, England’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, was won by a literary dark horse, Manchester-born Howard Jacobson, for his comic novel “The Finkler Question.” The racing simile is apt, for the Booker is followed -- and bet on -- like a sporting event, and Jacobson nosed out the odds-on favorite, Tom McCarthy (for “C”).

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