The Beginners

Dan Jacobson

978 1 84232 133 1
Paperback | 542 pp
205 x 135 mm
Price: £13.99, $24.95, €21.95


To Joel, David and Rachel – Jewish children in post-war South Africa – bitter conflict, racial conflict and social upheaval are all they have ever known. Resolving never to repeat the mistakes of their parents, they seek a new code of behaviour – and one that will lead them all through their journeys of self-discovery.


Mr Jacobson’s peculiar talents, his moral sensitvity, his strong, simple prose style, and his gift for organisation, are currently rare and consideable.

Manchester Guardian

Author biography:

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.

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ISBNs: 9781842321331 978-1-84232-133-1 Title: the beginners