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TO THE END OF THE LAND

TO THE END OF THE LAND

By: GROSSMAN, David

Fiction, 2008

When her son is sent into battle, Ora desperately tries to keep him alive, setting off on a journey away from the army announcers, away from her doorstep, where horrible news might come for her. To the End of the Land is the story of two men, of a woman and her two sons, of love and unrequited love, of friendship and generosity between men, of parenthood and the almost heroic efforts to sustain the delicate texture of family in the heart of the violence and dread and fleetingness of Israeli life.

Rights Sold to:

Albania, Botiment Dudaj; Bulgaria, Altera; Brazil, Cia das Letras; Canada, McLelland & Stewart; China, Shanghai 99; Croatia, Fraktura; Czech Republic, Mlada Fronta; Denmark, Forlaget Vandkunsten; Estonia, Varrak; Finland, Otava; France, Editions du Seuil; Germany, Hanser Verlag; Greece, Kastaniotis; Holland, Cossee; Hungary, Scolar; India (Tamil) Kalachuvadu Publications; Israel, HaKibbutz Hameuhad; Italy, Mondadori; Korea, Sapiens21 Co.; Norway, Agora Publishing; Poland, Swiat Ksiazki; Portugal, Dom Quixote; Romania, Polirom; Russia, Corpus; Serbia, Arhipelag; Slovakia, Artforum; Spain (Catalan), Ediciones 62; Spain, Random House Mondadori (Lumen); Sweden, Bonnier; Turkey, Siren; UK, Jonathan Cape; USA, Knopf Publishing 

Reviews:

A panorama of breathtaking emotional force, a masterpiece of pacing, of dedicated storytelling, with characters whose lives are etched with extraordinary, vivid detail. While his novel has the vast sweep of pure tragedy, it is also at times playful, and utterly engrossing; it is filled with original and unexpected detail about domestic life, about the shapes and shadows that surround love and memory, and about the sharp and desperate edges of loss and fear...This is one of those few novels that feel as though they have made a difference to the world.” – Colm Toibin, The New York Times

 “A boundary-pushing novel... Like all great literature, it is an act of generosity, opening itself to every human possibility...Grossman invites us to look beneath the shrill headlines, beyond the roadblocks, within the clenched fist—to see Israel’s predicament not as ‘the situation’ but as many situations, one for every person.” – The Washington Post

There are some writers in whose words one recognizes the texture of life. David Grossman is such a writer. He is a master of the emotionally accurate and significant. His characters don’t so much lie on the page as rise before the reader’s eyes, in three dimensions, their skin covered in prose that both stabs with insight and shines with compassion.” – Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi

Very rarely you open a book and when you close it again nothing can ever be the same. Walls have been pulled down, barriers broken, a dimension of feeling has opened in you that was not there before. David Grossman has the ability to look inside a person and discover the unique essence of her humanity; his novels are about what it means to defend this essence against a world designed to extinguish it.To the End of the Land is his most powerful, unflinching story of this defense.” – Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love

Flaubert created his Emma, Tolstoy made his Anna, and now we have Grossman’s Ora—as fully alive, as fully embodied, as any character in recent fiction. I devoured this long novel in a feverish trance.” – Paul Auster, author of Invisible

Grossman’s greatest fictional creation [is] Ora: tender, passionate, angry, funny, self-doubting, intuitive, above all a woman of ‘abundance'...[Her story] encompasses both the complex fullness of one life and the broader history of Israel’s modern conflicts...This most Israeli of Grossman’s novels is also his most universal.” – George Packer, The New Yorker

Grossman’s novel is a milestone in the history of modern Hebrew literature. An epic spanning from the Six Day War until the last Lebanon War…” – Anat Feinberg, Die Welt

This novel contains leaps of genius – verbal leaps, psychological ones, in the descriptions of nature and reality, leaps in drama and plot… Grossman displays transcendence, genius, and sensitivity to the smallest vibrations of the soul…” – Arik Glasner, Ma’ariv Literary Supplement