Shylock Must Die (Paperback)

Clive Sinclair

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Since his first public appearance in the late 1590s, Shylock has been synonymous with antisemitism. Many of his bon mots remain common currency among Jew-haters; among them "3000 ducats" and the immortal "pound of flesh". But Shakespeare, being Shakespeare, was incapable of inventing anyone so uninteresting; instead he affords Shylock such ambiguity that some of his other lines have become keynotes for believers in shared humanity and tolerance. Following Shakespeare's example these stories - all inspired by The Merchant of Venice - range from the comic to the melancholic. Many pivot on significant productions of the play: Stockholm in 1944, London in 2012, and Venice in 2016. Some are concerned with domestic matters, others with the political, including one - more outrageous than the others - that links Shylock via Israel with the American presidency; most combine both. Running through these linked stories - of which there are seven, like the ages of man - is the cycle of family life, with all its comedy and tragedy.


Product Details

  • Product code: BQJLK
  • ISBN: 9781905559947
  • Publisher: Peter Halban Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 23.4cm x 15.3cm
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish date: Thu Jul 05 00:00:00 BST 2018
  • Book points: 10

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