David Grossman - Author

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David Grossman is the bestselling author of numerous works, which have been translated into thirty-six languages. His most recent novels were To the End of the Land, described by Jacqueline Rose as 'without question one of the most powerful and moving novels I have ever read', and Falling Out of Time. He is the recipient of the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the 2010 Frankfurt Peace Prize.

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Lion's Honey The Myth of Samson

Lion's Honey The Myth of Samson

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2018

In exhilarating and lucid prose, Grossman gives us a provocative new take on the story of Samson: his battle with the lion, the three hundred burning foxes, the women he bedded, the one he loved and who betrayed him and the destruction of the temple. It reveals the journey of a lonely and tortured soul, whose search for a true home echoes our own private struggles.

Rural Arab Demography and Early Jewish Settlement in Palestine Distribution and Population Density During the Late Ottoman and Early Mandate Periods

Rural Arab Demography and Early Jewish Settlement in Palestine Distribution and Population Density During the Late Ottoman and Early Mandate Periods

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2017

This volume explores the distribution of the rural population in Palestine from the late Ottoman period (1870-1917) to the British Mandate period (1917-1948). The book focuses on demography, specifically migrations, population size, density, growth, and the pattern of distribution in rural Palestine before the inception of Jewish settlement (1882). Grossman traces little-known Muslim ethnic groups who settled in Palestine's rural areas, primarily Egyptians, but also Algerians, Bosnians, and Circassians. The author argues that the Arab population in the zones occupied by Jews after 1882 was about one-third that of the Arab core areas; in the period studied, the decline in per-capita rural Arab farmland was mainly due to overall population growth, not displacement of Arabs; economic development suffered largely because of violent disturbances and natural disasters; the pattern of growth of Egyptian and other Muslim groups was similar to that of the Jews. The main conclusions of this study note that the size of the rural Arab population in the zones occupied by Jews after 1882 was about one-tenth of that which occupied the Arab core zones; most Egyptian settlement areas coincided with those of the Jewish zones; between 1870 and 1945, the decline of Arab farmland was mainly due to Arab population growth rather than Jewish land acquisitions; and most migrants (Jewish and Muslim) settlement zones were leftovers characterized by some form of resource disability.

The Yellow Wind

The Yellow Wind

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/11/2016

First published in 1988, The Yellow Wind is Israeli novelist David Grossman's impassioned account of what he observed on the West Bank in early 1987: not only the misery of the Palestinian refugees and their deep-seated hatred of the Israelis, but also the moral cost of occupation for both occupier and occupied. With the unstinting eye of the investigative journalist combined with the humane compassion of the novelist, Grossman channels the myriad human voices of the conflict, weaving them into an indelible account of one of the most intractable tragedies of modern times.

Pina la capatul pamintului

Pina la capatul pamintului

Author: David Grossman Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Romanul Pana la capatul pamantului a fost distins in 2009 cu premiul Albatross acordat de Fundatia Günter Grass din Germania si in 2011 cu premiile Medicis Etranger si JQ Wingate.Plasat in contextul contemporan al confruntarilor dintre israelieni si palestinieni Pana la capatul pamantului este o cutremuratoare poveste despre iubire si prietenie in care istoria intervine mereu cu brutalitate in destinul indivizilor. Personajul central al cartii Ora o femeie proaspat despartita de sot pleaca intr-o excursie prelungita prin Israel cu rucsacul in spate insotita de iubitul ei din tinerete Avram. Pentru Ora excursia este insa mai degraba o fuga din realitate: fiul ei Ofer a plecat intr-o misiune de lupta iar femeia este convinsa ca atat timp cat ea nu afla nici o stire din lumea reala baiatul ei este in siguranta. Pe parcursul excursiei cei doi vechi iubiti rememoreaza si reconstruiesc ciudatul triunghi conjugal ce le-a marcat destinul precum si momentele de rascruce ale vietii lor intr-o lume unde razboiul pare a fi o realitate permanenta.

Un cal intra intr-un bar

Un cal intra intr-un bar

Author: David Grossman Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2015

Cel mai trist om din lume e clovnul, se stie. Si când clovnul se apuca sa râda de el însusi si de viata lui cea trista, lumea din jur e nelamurita: ar trebui sa râda împreuna cu el? Sa ceara banii înapoi pe bilet? Sa-l huiduie gros? Cu Dovala Gi, comediantul care face stand-up în romanul lui David Grossman, nu râde mai nimeni – povestile lui, amintiri înspaimântate ale celei mai lungi calatorii pe care a facut-o copilul care a fost, îngheata zâmbetul pe buze si tintuiesc spectatorul pe scaunul incomod al barului unde a venit ca fraierul, asteptându-se la niste bancuri. Dovala se face bucati la microfon, în fata stimatului spectator: mitraliaza bancuri, mai bune ori mai proaste, râde de el însusi, se înjura, îsi cara pumni, se umple de sânge. Stimatul spectator hohoteste cât hohoteste, pâna nu mai întelege nimic din ametitorul râsu’-plânsu’ de sub reflectoare. Dar Dovala continua: poate doar asa, râzând cu lacrimi, ajunge si el sa priceapa ce a trait.

Falling Out of Time

Falling Out of Time

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2015

In Falling Out of Time, David Grossman has created a genre-defying drama - part play, part prose, pure poetry - to tell the story of bereaved parents setting out to reach their lost children. It begins in a small village, in a kitchen, where a man announces to his wife that he is leaving, embarking on a journey in search of their dead son.The man - called simply the 'Walking Man' - paces in ever-widening circles around the town. One after another, all manner of townsfolk fall into step with him (the Net Mender, the Midwife, the Elderly Maths Teacher, even the Duke), each enduring his or her own loss. The walkers raise questions of grief and bereavement: Can death be overcome by an intensity of speech or memory? Is it possible, even for a fleeting moment, to call to the dead and free them from their death? Grossman's answer to such questions is a hymn to these characters, who ultimately find solace and hope in their communal act of breaching death's hermetic separateness. For the reader, the solace is in their clamorous vitality, and in the gift of Grossman's storytelling - a realm where loss is not merely an absence, but a life force of its own.

Lion's Honey

Lion's Honey

Author: David Grossman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/01/2013

In Lion's Honey , award-winning writer David Grossman takes on one of the most vivid and controversial characters in the Bible. Revisiting Samson's famous battle with the lion, his many women and his betrayal by them all - including the only one he ever loved - Grossman gives us a provocative new take on the story and its climax, Samson's final act of death, bringing down a temple on himself and three thousand Philistines. In exhilarating and lucid prose, Grossman reveals the journey of a single, lonely and tortured soul who never found a true home in the world, who was uncomfortable in his very body and who, some might say, was the precursor of today's suicide bombers.

To The End of the Land

To The End of the Land

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is about to celebrate her son Ofer's release from army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. Instead of waiting at home for the 'notifiers' who could arrive at any moment to tell her of her son's fate, she sets off for a hike in Galilee, leaving no forwarding address. If a mother is not there to receive the news, a son cannot die, can he? Recently estranged from her husband, Ora drags along an unlikely companion: their former best friend and her former lover Avram, the man who in fact turns out to be her son's biological father. As they sleep out in the hills, ford rivers and cross valleys, Ora recounts, step by step and word by word, the story of her son's birth, life and possible death, in one mother's magical, passionate and heartbreaking attempt to keep her son safe from harm.

Rural Arab Demography and Early Jewish Settlement in Palestine Distribution and Population Density During the Late Ottoman and Early Mandate Periods

Rural Arab Demography and Early Jewish Settlement in Palestine Distribution and Population Density During the Late Ottoman and Early Mandate Periods

Author: David Grossman Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2011

This volume explores the distribution of the rural population in Palestine from the late Ottoman period (1870-1917) to the British Mandate period (1917-1948). The book focuses on demography, specifically migrations, population size, density, growth, and the pattern of distribution in rural Palestine before the inception of Jewish settlement (1882). Grossman traces little-known Muslim ethnic groups who settled in Palestine's rural areas, primarily Egyptians, but also Algerians, Bosnians, and Circassians. The author argues that the Arab population in the zones occupied by Jews after 1882 was about one-third that of the Arab core areas; in the period studied, the decline in per-capita rural Arab farmland was mainly due to overall population growth, not displacement of Arabs; economic development suffered largely because of violent disturbances and natural disasters; the pattern of growth of Egyptian and other Muslim groups was similar to that of the Jews. The main conclusions of this study note that the size of the rural Arab population in the zones occupied by Jews after 1882 was about one-tenth of that which occupied the Arab core zones; most Egyptian settlement areas coincided with those of the Jewish zones; between 1870 and 1945, the decline of Arab farmland was mainly due to Arab population growth rather than Jewish land acquisitions; and most migrants (Jewish and Muslim) settlement zones were leftovers characterized by some form of resource disability.

The Book Of Intimate Grammar

The Book Of Intimate Grammar

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Eleven years old and on the cusp of puberty, Aron Kleinfeld is precocious, imaginative - the leader of his gang of friends. But his bar mitzvah is looming, his friends are all hitting puberty and Aron, terrified and revolted by what he sees around him, enters a state of arrested development. He stops growing, retreats from the world, and is imprisoned in the body of a child for three long years. While Israel inches towards 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.

See Under Love

See Under Love

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Momik, the only child of two survivors, is brought up in Israel by a family seeking to ignore the past. No-one will explain to him what life was like 'Over There' or what the 'Nazi Beast' is. His 9-year-old mind imagines a Nazi Beast hiding in the cellar, waiting to feed on Jews. Momik increasingly shields himself from all feeling and attachment. But through the stories his great-uncle tells him-the same stories he told the commandant of a Nazi concentration camp-Momik, too, becomes infected with humanity. See Under: Love is a luminously imaginative and profoundly affecting work.

The Smile Of The Lamb

The Smile Of The Lamb

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Uri and Katzman are Israeli soldiers occupying a Palestinian village in the West Bank. Uri is idealistic and full of hope, feels the injustice of the occupation keenly, and becomes close to Khilmi, the village storyteller. Katzman on the other hand is 'a contracted muscle' - he has taught himself not to feel. And Shosh, Uri's wife, daughter of liberal immigrant parents and juvenile psychiastrist, is succumbing to her own struggles with power and truth. When Khilmi's adopted son is killed in a 'security operation' and when Uri discovers how far deception and injustice have penetrated into his own life, their reactions are drastic and unforseen.

Writing in the Dark

Writing in the Dark

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2009

Throughout his career, David Grossman has been a voice for peace and reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian divide. In this groundbreaking collection of essays on literature and politics, he addresses the conscience of present-day Israel, a country that has lost faith in its leaders and its ideals. Writing in the Dark ends with the speech in which Grossman famously attacked Israel's disastrous Lebanon war that tragically took the life of his twenty-one-year-old son, Uri. Moving, brave and clear-sighted, these essays on literature, political ethics and the morality of the imagination are a cri de coeur from a calm voice of reason at a time of doubt and despair.

Social Education in the Asia Critical Issues and Multiple Perspectives

Social Education in the Asia Critical Issues and Multiple Perspectives

Author: David Grossman Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2007

This book aims to fill this gap in the scholarship on social education by drawing on the research findings and/ or experiences from scholars in eight East and Southeast Asian societies. In this regard the editors of this book hope that it will be a significant addition to the literature, and will shed light on how the social education curricula are constructed and implemented across these societies in response to both internal and external forces. At the same time this book is not a comprehensive survey of social education in the region. Rather it is a selective set of case studies examining contested and compelling issues in the debates about social education in eight diverse societies in East and Southeast Asia. The book will be intellectually stimulating and inspiring, not only to the social educators and comparativists who can see more about social science education from non-western perspectives, but also to curriculum developers, policy makers, social educators and front-line teachers who can enrich their professional experiences through learning from other countries/regions.

Social Education in the Asia Critical Issues and Multiple Perspectives

Social Education in the Asia Critical Issues and Multiple Perspectives

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/07/2007

This book aims to fill this gap in the scholarship on social education by drawing on the research findings and/ or experiences from scholars in eight East and Southeast Asian societies. In this regard the editors of this book hope that it will be a significant addition to the literature, and will shed light on how the social education curricula are constructed and implemented across these societies in response to both internal and external forces. At the same time this book is not a comprehensive survey of social education in the region. Rather it is a selective set of case studies examining contested and compelling issues in the debates about social education in eight diverse societies in East and Southeast Asia. The book will be intellectually stimulating and inspiring, not only to the social educators and comparativists who can see more about social science education from non-western perspectives, but also to curriculum developers, policy makers, social educators and front-line teachers who can enrich their professional experiences through learning from other countries/regions.

Lion's Honey The Myth of Samson

Lion's Honey The Myth of Samson

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2007

In Lion's Honey, award-winning writer David Grossman takes on one of the most vivid and controversial characters in the Bible. Revisiting Samson's famous battle with the lion, his many women and his betrayal by them all, including the only one he ever loved. Grossman gives us a provocative new take on the story and its climax, Samson's final act of death, brining down a temple on himself and three thousand Philistines. In exhilarating and lucid prose, Grossman reveals the journey of a single, lonely and tortured soul who never found a true home in the world, who was uncomfortable in his very body and who, some might say, was the precursor of today's suicide bombers.

Lovers and Strangers Two Novellas

Lovers and Strangers Two Novellas

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2006

These two novellas concern love. In 'Frenzy', Shaul is convinced that his wife is having an affair. He feverishly imagines her, in every painful detail, with her lover. Esther has never seen the human side of her aloof brother-in-law, but during a night-time journey Shaul unburdens himself, recreating an affair he has never witnessed. Is he mad? Or has he divined the truth? In 'Her Body Knows', Rotem has spent most of her life being angry with her mother, Nilli. Now Nilli is dying and Rotem, who has finally found happiness in London, must return to say goodbye. She arrives with a story about Nilli, full of accusations, empathy, love and forgiveness.

Someone to Run with

Someone to Run with

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2004

Earnest, awkward and painfully shy, sixteen-year-old Assaf is having the worst summer of his life. With his big sister gone and his best friend suddenly the most popular kid in their class, Assaf spends his days at a lowly summer job in Jerusalem City Hall and his evenings alone, watching television and playing games on the Internet. One morning, Assaf's routine is interrupted by an absurd assignment: to find the owner of a stray yellow labrador. Meanwhile on the other side of the city, Tamar, a talented singer with a lonely, tempestuous soul, undertakes an equally unpromising mission: to rescue a young drug addict from the Jerusalem underworld and, eventually, to find her dog.

Be My Knife

Be My Knife

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2003

'We could be like two people who inject themselves with truth serum, and at long last have to tell it - the truth I want to be able to say to myself, I bled truth with her, yes, that's what I want. Be a knife for me, and I, I swear, will be a knife for you.' An awkward, neurotic seller of rare books writes a desperate letter to a beautiful stranger whom he sees at a class reunion. This simple, lonely attempt at seduction begins a love affair of words between Yair and Miriam, two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded them - and, eventually, reawakened to feelings that they thought had passed them by. Their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions: of desire, childhood tragedies, joys, and humiliations. Through the dialogue between Yair - a family man and surprisingly successful adulterer, whose guarded letters reveal a life of duplicity - and Miriam, at first deceptively open and warm, who fills her life with distraction to avoid a past full of painful secrets, Be My Knife explores the nature and the limits of intimacy.

Death as a Way of Life Dispatches from Jerusalem

Death as a Way of Life Dispatches from Jerusalem

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2003

In autumn 1993, the Oslo Agreements were signed by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, marking the beginning of promise for a constructive peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The ten years that followed were charted first by hope and optimism only to deteriorate into revenge and violence. Throughout this decade David Grossman has published articles in the American and European press, written in a personal voice - father, husband, peace activist, novelist - as he witnesses devastating events, he cries out with a prophetic wisdom, imploring both sides to return to sanity, to negotiations. The publication of this collection of articles will mark ten years to the dream of Oslo.

Duel

Duel

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/1999

I was twelve years old when what I'm about to tell you took place. Today, sixteen years later, I still recall the pounding of my heart as I heard the approaching footsteps of the bully of Heidelberg University. Above me on the bed sat Heinrich Rosenthal, a little man, seventy years old, with a big white mane of hair, but under the bed I was very much alone, and I remember thinking in those moments of suspense, Mom's right, maybe I should go out and make friends my own age instead of always hanging around by myself or with weird people like Mr Rosenthal. So begins an intriguing tale of friendship between an extraordinarily beguiling boy and an old man with a past - a history that shapes the plot of Duel and cleverly unfurls in the way real stories do between friends. David and Mr Rosenthal are generations apart in age but equally brave, equally stubborn and each as unique for their years as the other.

The Second Book of Moses, Called Exodus

The Second Book of Moses, Called Exodus

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/1998

A central theme running through the Bible, Exodus tells of the mass movement of people, including the Israelites' escape from slavery, the wanderings of Moses and his followers and the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The text is introduced by author David Grossman.

The Zigzag Kid

The Zigzag Kid

Author: David Grossman Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/1998

A hijacked train whisks an imaginative young boy on an unforgettable adventure, in which he makes discoveries about his own family's past and a wild woman who rescued his Israeli policeman father from a vat of chocolate.

Rural Process-Pattern Relationships Nomadization, Sedentarization, and Settlement Fixation

Rural Process-Pattern Relationships Nomadization, Sedentarization, and Settlement Fixation

Author: David Grossman Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/1992

This volume examines the relationships between rural settlement processes and the spatial patterns they produce by mapping past and present patterns and tracing the historical processes which generated them. Using the historical records of Palestine (Eretz Israel), David Grossman reviews the settlement processes of bedouins (sedentarization and nomadization), Arab peasants (settlement fixation, migration, and frontier expansion of fallahin), and early Jewish settlers. Past records are traced back to the biblical period, and a survey of the literature dealing with British evidence of rural processes and settlement in medieval times is presented for comparison--sharpening Grossman's particular approach to the subject. The introduction provides a review of the literature and a discussion of the various approaches to the interpretation of rural spatial processes. It evaluates theoretical models and concludes with a simple model functioning as a hypothetical basis for the rest of the book. The following two chapters are devoted to the British colonization process, which, unlike the Palestinian one, can be traced in a fairly uninterrupted manner to its Anglo-Saxon roots. Next are chapters detailing the settlement processes and process patterns in Palestine, concluding with a reexamination of theoretical models in light of empirical evidence. Rural Process-Pattern Relationships considers subjects central to both historical geography and rural geography, representing a unique approach of interest to a wide range of scholars.

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