Friday, May 2, 2014

Israeli Literary Giant David Grossman to Discuss New Novel

Author David Grossman

From our friends at the Washington DCJCC...

DCJCC Embracing Democracy Event Will Be at Carnegie Institution for Science on May 13

The Washington DCJCC’s Authors Out Loud and Embracing Democracy series proudly presents Israeli author David Grossman discussing his new book, Falling Out of Time, on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street, NW.

Following his magisterial To the End of the Land, the acclaimed David Grossman brings us an incandescent fable of parental grief––concise, elemental, a powerfully distilled experience of understanding and acceptance, and of art’s triumph over death.

In Falling Out of Time, David Grossman has created a genre-defying drama––part play, part prose, pure poetry––to tell the fictional 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 paces in ever-widening circles around the town. One after another, all manner of townsfolk fall into step with him, 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.

Born in Jerusalem, David Grossman is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and has been translated into 36 languages. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome’s Premio per la Pace e l’Azione Umitaria, the Premio Ischia—International Award for Journalism, Israel’s Emet Prize and the Albatross Prize given by the G√ľnter Grass Foundation.

In 2006, Grossman’s 20-year-old son Uri, a staff sergeant in an armored unit, was killed during an IDF operation in southern Lebanon.

Praise for David Grossman:
“There are some writers in whose words one recognizes the texture of life. David Grossman is such a writer.” -- Yann Martel

The DCJCC’s event featuring Grossman is sponsored by Francine Zorn Trachtenberg and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in memory of Fran’s parents, Bruce and Selma Zorn.

This program is part of the Authors Out Loud series hosted by the Washington DCJCC. Through Authors Out Loud, the DCJCC invites acclaimed authors to lead an evening of entertainment and stimulating conversation with fellow readers. Grossman’s talk is also part of the DCJCC’s Embracing Democracy series. Embracing Democracy is a community-wide conversation with leading experts exploring the relationship between the American Jewish community and Israel, its history and its politics. Through panels and literary, film and theater programs, the series seeks to bridge the polarization that has beset the American Jewish community around the issue of Israel.

About the Washington DCJCC:
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