George Jonas
George Jonas

George Jonas is a Canadian journalist, who has also written novels, plays, and poetry.

Critics have called him "...one of the very best writers of English in the country" (I. M. Owen in Books in Canada); "...a master of subtle provocation and reasoned defence" (Michael Coren in Law Times); "...one of this country's best essayists" (Chris Nelson in The Calgary Sun); "...invariably thought-provoking" (Jim Robb in The Ottawa Citizen); "...a clever and witty European whose mastery of English is not only flawless but elegant and daring" (Bronwyn Drainie in The Globe & Mail).

Other reviewers have compared him to Pope, Diderot, and Voltaire -- "...the closest thing to Alexander Pope we have..." (John Moore in the Vancouver Sun - Saturday Books), "...a 20th century Diderot..." (Ralph Sarkonak in Canadian Literature), "...the rapier thrusts of his prose are Voltairean" (Arnold Ages in Jewish Tribune) -- and have also described him as "...a cultural historian of credential..." (David Solway in Books in Canada) and "...Canada's leading public intellectual." (Mark Steyn in the National Review Online.)

Jonas frequently writes about topics related to the Middle East, counter-terrorism, law, and aviation safety. His books of selected journalism are Crocodiles in the Bathtub (Collins, 1987), and Politically Incorrect (Lester Publishing, 1991). Key Porter Books released his memoir Beethoven's Mask: Notes On My Life and Times in 2005, and also published his latest collection of essays, Reflections on Islam, in 2007. His most current collection, released by Cormorant Books in the fall of 2011, is a literary séance in which Jonas conjures up 50 poets who wrote in languages other than English and puts English words in their mouths. Called The Jonas Variations, it is a cavalcade of poetry, biography, autobiography and irreverent literary history.

The Jonas Variations: A Literary Séance, by George Jonas

The Jonas Variations: A Literary Séance
by George Jonas
Cormorant Books, 2011
ISBN: 1770860568

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Reflections on Islam: Ideas, Opinions, Arguments, by George Jonas

Reflections on Islam: Ideas, Opinions, Arguments
by George Jonas
Key Porter Books, 2007
ISBN: 1552638863

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Beethoven's Mask: Notes on My Life and Times, by George Jonas

Beethoven's Mask: Notes On My Life and Times
by George Jonas
Key Porter Books, 2005
ISBN: 1552637107

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Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, by George Jonas

Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team
by George Jonas
Simon & Schuster, 2005
ISBN: 0743291646

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Representation:

Literary agent: Linda McKnight, Westwood Creative Artists, Ltd.,
94 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1G6.