Dan Jacobson retells the age-old, biblical story of the rape of King David's daughter by her brother Amnon. Out of this material he creates a tragic and sardonically humorous novel, wholly modern in spirit and yet true to the time in which it is set. On first publication, The Rape of Tamar was hailed as a masterpiece.
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Dan Jacobson was born in South Africa to Lithuanian Jewish parents. He worked as a schoolteacher in London, as a journalist in South Africa, and also spent some time on a kibbutz in Israel. He moved to England in 1955 where for many years he pursued a career as a freelance writer of fiction and essays. He then entered academic life and eventually became professor of English Literature at University College, London. He also held visiting professorships and fellowships at universities in the United States and Australia. Upon retiring from University College he resumed working as a full-time writer. His writing is strikingly varied in nature and set in many countries Ð amongst them being South Africa, England, ancient Palestine, and the Republic of Sarmeda - a country of his own invention. His later works, such as 'The Rape of Tamar', take biblical and historical themes. Dan Jacobson's novels, many short stories, essays, and critical and autobiographical works have been awarded several prestigious literary prizes.Review:
'Stunningly deft and economical...a novel of quite unusual depth and originality'--Newsweek
'Almost a prose poem. There is an uncanny ripeness about the scene, characterisations and tempo'--The Observer
'An almost flawlessly written legend of malign intelligence. The Rape of Tamar is a breathtaking performance'--The Sunday Times
Stunningly deft and economical...a novel of quite unusual depth and originality.--Newsweek
Almost a prose poem. There is an uncanny ripeness about the scene, characterisations and tempo.--The Observer
An almost flawlessly written legend of malign intelligence. The Rape of Tamar is a breathtaking performance.--The Sunday Times
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