The Book of Intimate Grammar

A Novel

David Grossman; Translated by Betsy Rosenberg

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Aron Kelinfeld is the ringleader among the boys in his Jerusalem neighborhood, but as his 12-year-old friends begin to mature, Aaron remains imprisoned in the body of a child for three long years. While Israel inches toward the Six-Day War, and his friends cross the boundary between childhood and adolescence, Aron remains in his child’s body, spying on the changes that adulthood wreaks as, like his hero Houdini, he struggles to escape the trap of growing up.

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Praise for The Book of Intimate Grammar

“When the Israeli writer David Grossman’s See Under: Love was published...he was compared legitimately to Kafka, Grass, Márquez and Joyce....David Grossman’s own intimate grammar will speak to anyone who was ever 12.” —The Boston Globe

“Like [Virginia] Woolf, Grossman is uncanny at reproducing an experience from the inside out...the writing reminds you of the great, solemn mystery of literature, what the poet Czeslaw Milosz calls ‘the human possibility of being someone else.’” —Chicago Tribune

“Mr. Grossman’s balance between the poetic and the profane is perfect....[The Book of Intimate Grammar] is See Under: Love’s stylistic twin: the beauty and intelligence of the writing are dazzling....It can be read at once, as a tale of magic realism, a parable about the damage left in the wake of the Holocaust, a psychological portrait of a child’s descent into madness, and, finally, as a comical but searing indictment of the Jewish family.” —The New York Times Book Review

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David Grossman; Translated by Betsy Rosenberg

David Grossman is the author of two books of journalism, several children's books, a play, and six novels, including Be My Knife. He lives in Jerusalem.

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The Book of Intimate Grammar
A Novel
David Grossman; Translated by Betsy Rosenberg

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
October 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312420956
ISBN10: 0312420951
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$16.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466803749
ISBN10: 1466803746
352 pages
$9.99
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