**WINNER OF THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE**
The award-winning and internationally acclaimed author of the To the End of the Land now gives us a searing short novel about the life of a stand-up comic, as revealed in the course of one evening's performance. In the dance between comic and audience, with barbs flying back and forth, a deeper story begins to take shape-one that will alter the lives of many of those in attendance.
In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of stand-up. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as an awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, as it teeters between hilarity and hysteria, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood: we meet his beautiful flower of a mother, a Holocaust survivor in need of constant monitoring, and his punishing father, a striver who had little understanding of his creative son. Finally, recalling his week at a military camp for youth-where Lazar witnessed what would become the central event of Dov's childhood-Dov describes the indescribable while Lazar wrestles with his own part in the comedian's story of loss and survival. Continuing his investigations into how people confront life's capricious battering, and how art may blossom from it, Grossman delivers a stunning performance in this memorable one-night engagement (jokes in questionable taste included).
David Grossman, 1954 in Jerusalem geboren, ein dezidierter Verfechter einer friedlichen Lösung des Nahostkonflikts, gehört wegen seiner differenzierten politischen Haltung und ungewöhnlichen Erzählphantasie zu den herausragenden Schriftstellern der jüngeren Generation. David Grossman hat für seine schriftstellerisches Werk und sein politisches Engagement zahlreiche Auszeichnungen erhalten, u. a. den Nelly-Sachs-Preis (1991), den Premio Mondello (Italien, 1996) und den Geschwister-Scholl-Preis (2008). 2010 wird ihm der Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels verliehen. David Grossman ist verheiratet und hat drei Kinder, er lebt in Mevaseret Zion, einem Vorort von Jerusalem.