The Finkler Question is the first comic novel in the 42-year history of the prize, and Sir Andrew suggested that Jacobson had been overlooked in the past due to his wryly humorous take on the world. "Perhaps being entertaining disqualified him from being taken seriously in some people's eyes."
Jacobson has referred to himself as "the Jewish Jane Austen", but Sir Andrew likened his work to another literary great. "It would be a bit over-the-top to say it's Shakespearean, but he certainly knows something that Shakespeare knew - that the tragic and the funny are intimately linked."
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