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David Grossman THE SMILE OF THE LAMB 1.j


David Grossman

Fiction, 1983

In a chorus of voices The Smile of the Lamb tells the story of Uri, an idealistic young Israeli soldier serving in an army unit in the small Palestinian village of Andal, and his relationship with Khilmi, a nearly blind old Palestinian storyteller. As the violent reality of the occupation merges with the old man’s stories, Uri, captivated by Khilmi’s wisdom, tries to solve the riddles and deceits that make up his life.

The Smile of the Lamb is a novel of disillusionment and a piercing examination of injustice and dishonesty.


Rights Sold:

France: Seuil; Germany: Hanser; Holland: Contact; Israel: HaSifria HaHadasha/HaKibbutz HaMeuchad; Italy: Mondadori; Spain:  Random House Mondadori (Lumen); Sweden: Bromberg’s; UK: Jonathan Cape/Picador; USA: Farrar, Straus, Giroux


“Compels the heart and the imagination as well as the mind.” – LA Times Book Review

“The novelist’s narrative and ideas are so gripping, they are worth arguing about! Here we have authentic talent.” – Washington Post

“Together with See Under: Love, and his heartfelt The Yellow Wind, these three books form a trilogy by Israel’s finest young writer.” – The New York Times

“A brilliantly constructed, hair-raising exploration of the ‘morphology of lies’ in the inextricably linked personal and political worlds of Israel.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Grossman is more than just another talented writer: Like Vaclav Havel, he is a moralist, a man with a conscience whose words cry out for absolute truth and fairness.” – Newsday (New York)

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