Writing in the Dark

Essays on Literature and Politics

David Grossman; Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen

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Throughout his career, David Grossman has been a voice for peace and reconciliation between Israel and its Arab citizens and neighbors. In these six essays on politics and culture in Israel, he addresses the conscience of a country that has lost faith in its leaders and its ideals. The collection includes an already famous speech concerning the disastrous Second Lebanon War of 2006, the war that took the life of Grossman's twenty-one-year-old son, Uri.

Moving, human, clear-sighted, and courageous, touching on literature and artistic creation as well as politics and philosophy, these writings are a cri de coeur from "a writer who has been, for nearly two decades, one of the most original and talented not only in his own country, but anywhere" (The New York Times Book Review).

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"Grossman is more than just another talented writer: Like Václav Havel, he is a moralist, a man with a conscience whose words cry out for absolute truth and fariness."—Newsday

"One of contemporary literature's most versatile and absorbing writers."—San Francisco Chronicle

"No other Israeli writer so far has approached the touchy subject [os Israeli Arabs]] with such compassion, or looked at it with, so to speak, bifocal eyes, Israeli and Palestenian."—The New York Review of Books

"An extended rumination on the struggle and the thrill of shaping words in to stories and reclaiming their meaning and beauty."—The Nation

"The Israeli Orwell . . . [Grossman] is a writer for the world stage, and the world has much need of him."—The Buffalo News

"[Grossman] asks the most difficult and searching questions. . . . His words have a tremendous, forceful eloquence about them, from first to last. . . . A delight to read . . . powerfully humanistic."—The Independent (UK)

 


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David Grossman; Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen

DAVID GROSSMAN is the author of seven novels, two works of journalism, and a previous volume of collected commentary. He lives in Jerusalem.

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Writing in the Dark
Essays on Literature and Politics
David Grossman; Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen

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Picador
September 2009
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ISBN: 9780312428600
ISBN10: 031242860X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 144 pages
$17.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2008
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ISBN: 9781429996167
ISBN10: 1429996161
144 pages
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