The Netanyahus

Joshua Cohen

The Netanyahus
  • Format
  • Publisher
  • Country
  • Published
  • Pages
  • ISBN

The Netanyahus

Joshua Cohen

Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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 Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family’ that finds Joshua Cohen at the height of his powers.


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 Benzion Netanyahu 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.

The Netanyahus is constructed with a brilliant comic grace that moves from the sly to the exuberant … The vision in this book is deeply original, making clear what a superb writer Joshua Cohen is.’ - Colm Toibin

‘Absorbing, delightful, hilarious, breathtaking and the best and most relevant novel I’ve read in what feels like forever.’ - New York Times Book Review

This item is not currently in-stock, but it’s available to order online.

Please note, our stock data is updated overnight, and availability may change throughout the day. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Sign in or become a Readings Member to add this title to a wishlist.