TE Reads: “The Netanyahus” by Joshua Cohen

October 21, 2021 Newton Free
Benzion Netanyahu (Courtesy photo: The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies)

Join us for “The Netanyahus: An Account of A Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Incident in the History of a Very Famous Family” by Joshua Cohen. Read the book, then join Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz for the discussion!

A Jewish historian interviews the patriarch of a powerful Israeli family in this riotous novel from one of contemporary fiction’s most brilliant and audacious writers.

Corbin College, not-quite-upstate New York, winter 1959-1960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historian—but not an historian of the Jews—is co-opted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When T shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the reluctant host to guests who proceed to lay waste to his American complacencies.

Mixing fiction with non-fiction, the campus novel with the lecture, “The Netanyahus” is a wildly inventive, genre-bending comedy of blending, identity and politics—“An Account of A Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Incident in the History of a Very Famous Family” finds Joshua Cohen at the height of his powers.

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