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'Inspired by the Japanese figurines, "netsuke", Jonathan Magonet portrays, with unnerving acuity and no less unfailing humour - sometimes hilarious - a variety of human types and situations. Netsuke Nation is unusual and enchanting.'
- Sr. Edmee SLG

'A delightful Borgesian fantasy.'
- Gabriel Josipovici

'Strange little characters that come from the Japanese old culture are involved in an even more stranger story. If you love Japan this is the book for you.'
by Maria Cristina Nardini

"The humour in this book will often make you smile and occasionally make you laugh. It's an inventive idea, with allegory excellently executed, reflecting Jonathan-san's academic erudition and his interest in Japanese culture. It takes nothing away from Netsuke Nation to say that one can imagine an animated version of it, an exotic variant of Toy Story. Netsuke, of course, are *not* toys, as they'd be the first to remind you."
- J.C. Harris

'Jonathan Magonet’s NETSUKE NATION is unique: a mixture of subtle wit, insight, and charm by a master of Midrash. Midrash is the ancient rabbinic art which uses imagination to elicit new teachings from venerated texts. Drawing on his years of experience as a respected teacher of Bible and inspired by his fascination with and knowledge of the culture of Japan, Magonet has created an enchanting book which entertains even as it instructs.'
- Rabbi Dr. Sanford Ragins, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California

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