TO SHOOT A PIGEON: Essays
For David Grossman, the political is inextricably linked to the private – whether he is considering the German-Israeli relationship, or the consequences of the ongoing violence in the Middle East, or Israel’s situation fifty years after the Six Day War, or the role of literature in a post-factual age. His appeals to freedom and individualism against resignation and defeatism are timeless and relevant.
For more than three decades, Grossman has been wrestling with the trauma of war and issues of peace, jealousy, love and family relationships. In his first novel, See Under: Love, he grappled with the legacy of the Holocaust. In The Yellow Wind, he foretold the explosive first intifada, and in his bestselling To the End of the Land, he hauntingly portrayed a mother’s love and fear for her son in a time of conflict. These eight essays stand alone in their own right, and they are also a valuable complement to his fiction.
David Grossman has become one of Israel’s most celebrated writers, the winner of numerous awards, and the only Israeli ever to win the Man Booker International Prize, for his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar, the story of a standup comic. Several of his books have been adapted for international stage and screen productions.
The author of 16 books translated into more than 50 languages, Grossman lives in a suburb of Jerusalem.
From the Introduction
There is an urban legend about an American who, during the wretched Vietnam War, protested daily, opposite the White House.
A cynical journalist asked him “Do you really think that standing here is going to change the world?” “Change the world?” answered the man, “Of course not. I just don’t want the world to change me.”
But today, as I sit to write this Introduction, I feel, suddenly, that the wise American’s response is no longer the precise response for me.
These words beckon the reader into David Grossman’s world of political and social thought.
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