The Smile of the Lamb

A Novel

David Grossman; Translated by Betsy Rosenberg

Picador

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In a chorus of voices The Smile of the Lamb tells the story of Uri, an idealistic young Israeli soldier serving in an army unit in the small Palestinian village of Andal, in the occupied territories, and his relationship with Khilmi, a nearly blind old Palestinian storyteller. Gradually as the violent reality of the occupation that infects both the occupier and the occupied alike merges with the old man’s stories, Uri, captivated by Khilmi’s wisdom, tries to solve the riddles and deceits that make up his life.

Originally published in Hebrew in 1983, The Smile of the Lamb is a novel of disillusionment and a piercing examination of injustice and dishonesty.

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The Smile of the Lamb
1No, no, believe me, Khilmi, I made them up, all of them. Shosh, the woman I loved, the woman I left three days ago, and Katzman in Italy, and that boy who died of love, whose name I never knew. And even you, Khilmi. You'll be better off as a figment of my imagination, you'll see. With me you can be sure everything is what it seems. No surprises. I'm not telling you to join this dangerous life I lead, where nothing is what it seems, but as a story, Khilmi, as kan-ya-ma-kan?Let's start now before I get to your village with the news I dread bringing you.

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“Together with See Under: Love, and his heartfelt The Yellow Wind, these three books form a trilogy by Israel’s finest young writer.” —The New York Times

“A brilliantly constructed, hair-raising exploration of the ‘morphology of lies’ in the inextricably linked personal and political worlds of Israel.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Grossman is more than just another talented writer: Like Vaclav Havel, he is a moralist, a man with a conscience whose words cry out for absolute truth and fairness.” —Newsday (New York)

“[The Smile of the Lamb] is prophetic. A book which compels the heart and the imagination, as well as the mind.” —Los Angeles Times

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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 and his latest essay collection, Death as a Way of Life: Ten Years After Oslo. He lives in Jerusalem.

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The Smile of the Lamb
A Novel
David Grossman; Translated by Betsy Rosenberg

Trade Paperback

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Picador
August 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312420963
ISBN10: 031242096X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$16.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
August 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466803732
ISBN10: 1466803738
336 pages
$9.99
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