DEATH AS A WAY OF LIFE
In autumn 1993 the Oslo Agreements were signed by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, marking the beginning of a genuine promise of constructive peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The ten years that followed were charted 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 – as father, husband, peace activist, novelist. As he witnesses devastating events, he cries out with prophetic wisdom, imploring both sides to return to sanity, to negotiations.
France: Editions du Seuil; Germany: Hanser Verlag; Holland, Cossee; Italy: Mondadori; Japan, Misuzu Shobo; Portugal: Campo das Letras; Spain: Seix Barral; UK: Bloomsbury; USA, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
“This is an eclectic mix of reflections which reinforces Grossman’s position as a major political writer…He stands as the moral conscience of Israel. This refreshing critique from the inside of the crucible helps us understand a little of what has been going on since Oslo.” – The Independent
“Grossman’s position is liberal, tolerant, measured, intelligent, poignant and persuasive, even in its despair.” – New York Times Book Review
“In addition to objective analyses, there are many passages in which Grossman gives voice to his personal agony in the face of escalating violence and the death of so many innocent people at the hands of Palestinian terrorist groups, invariably followed beyond doubt by the revenge of the Israeli army, which in turn leads only to new terror.” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung