Writing in the Dark

Essays on Literature and Politics

David Grossman; Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Recent essays on Israel, literature, and language from one of the country's most respected and best-loved voices
 
Throughout his career, David Grossman has been a voice for peace and reconciliation between Israel and its Arab citizens and neighbors. In six new essays on politics and culture in Israel today, he addresses the conscience of a country that has lost faith in its leaders and its ideals. This collection includes an already famous speech concerning the disastrous Second Lebanon War of 2006, the war that took the life of Grossman’s twenty-year-old son, Uri.
 
Moving, humane, 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 heroic voice of reason at a time of uncertainty and despair.
 

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An unforgettable scene in Fellini’s film Roma depicts the discovery of an ancient catacomb filled with breathtaking murals. But when the murals are exposed to the spotlights of the researchers and camera crew, they fade and quickly vanish.

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Explaining the process of inspiration, for me, is like trying to explain what occurs in a dream. In both cases we must resort to using words to describe an experience that by nature resists definition. In both cases we can rationally analyze the events and consider, for example, the themes

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“A writer who has been, for nearly two decades, one of the most original and talented not only in his own country but anywhere.” —NEIL GORDON, The New York Times Book Review
 

“If there is one word for Grossman’s faith, it is humanism. This word is in some dispute today; it is rare and awesome to come across the real thing.” —MARSHALL BERMAN, The Nation
 

“One of contemporary literature’s most versatile and absorbing writers.” —KENNETH BREWER, San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle Book Review

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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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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2008
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ISBN: 9781429996167
ISBN10: 1429996161
144 pages
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September 2009
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ISBN: 9780312428600
ISBN10: 031242860X
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