Be My Knife

A Novel

David Grossman; Translated from the Hebrew by Vered Almog and Maya Gurantz

Picador

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When the awkward, neurotic and childlike Yair, a seller of rare books, sees a beautiful woman across the room at a class reunion he feels compelled to write to her. So begins a love affair of words between two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded them. “Be a knife for me,” Yair writes to Miriam, “and I, I swear, will be a knife for you.” As they peel back their inhibitions, their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions in a novel that is as passionate as it is spellbinding.

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“A transformative work of art...As the love affair moves toward its denouement certain passages demand to be reread, as if one can’t believe the pure, intuitive truth they contain.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Be My Knife may be the strangest, saddest love story ever told...exciting...exquisite [and] piercingly sad.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A beautiful and searing book...Grossman’s prose is bewitching....Be My Knife starts as a slow, lyrical work, then draws the reader into Yair and Miriam’s compulsions. For Grossman, love is as an obsession, a consuming and searing mirage, where lovers reveal what is raw and painful.”—The Denver Post

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David Grossman; Translated from the Hebrew by Vered Almog and Maya Gurantz

David Grossman is the author of seven novels, most recently Someone to Run With, as well as two groundbreaking works of journalism, The Yellow Wind and Sleeping on a Wire; several children’s books; and a play. He lives in Jerusalem.

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Be My Knife
A Novel
David Grossman; Translated from the Hebrew by Vered Almog and Maya Gurantz

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
April 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312421472
ISBN10: 0312421478
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$16.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466803718
ISBN10: 1466803711
324 pages
$9.99
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