david grossman in conversation with joseph pearce
David Grossman (b. 1954 in Jerusalem) will be in conversation with author and reviewer Joseph Pearce, to present the Dutch translation of his latest novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar (English translation due in 2016).
David Grossman is one of Israel’s most famous and multifaceted authors. His body of work includes essays, children’s books, plays, an opera and countless novels, among which: See Under: Love, The Zigzag Kid, Be My Knife and To the End of the Land. His work has been translated into over 30 languages and crowned with countless prizes, including the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the Prix Médicis étranger. Three of his novels have also been made into films. Grossman is also a prominent advocate of peace in the Middle East and a supporter of the Israeli organization Peace Now.
A Horse Walks Into a Bar consists of a monologue by stand-up comic Dov Grinstein, who loses himself on stage in tragic memories. A powerful novel about memory, forgiveness and escapism, in which humour is especially a question of survival. As Grossman himself said in an interview recently (in the Dutch newspaper Trouw): "A lot of my characters are stuck in difficult situations. Humour is a way for them to reformulate the situation. That provides freedom. You are no longer stuck, but you can move somewhere else. At the same time real humour contains sadness, the awareness of mortality. Humour occurs at the intersection of life and death."
ORG. Passa Porta, Uitg. Cossee
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