A Horse Walks Into a Bar: Man Booker International Winner 2017

Author(s): David Grossman; Jessica Cohen (Translator)

Fiction - Contemporary

WINNER OF THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE


 


In a dive bar in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, takes the stage for his final show. Over the course of a single evening, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood. And in the dance between comic and audience, a deeper story begins to take shape as Dov confronts the decision that has shaped the course of his life--a story that will alter the lives of several of those in attendance. A poignant exploration of how people confront life's capricious battering, A Horse Walks into a Bar is a searing story of loss and survival.

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Winner: Man Booker International Prize, 2017.

"Unrelentingly claustrophobic... The violence that A Horse Walks Into A Bar explores is more private and intimate. Its central interest is not the vicious treatment of vulnerable others but the cruelty that wells up within families, circulates like a poison in tight-knit groups, and finally turns inward against the self... Strategic weaving together of manic humour and tears... Searing and poignant." -- Stephen Greenblatt New York Review of Books "Brilliant, blistering... With Dovaleh, Grossman has created a character who's captivating and horrific and a stand-up routine that's disgusting and authentically human. I can hardly say how the book achieves its bewitching effects. It all happened so fast." -- Ken Kalfus Washington Post "Unless pop lyricists have the lock on the Novel prize in literature from now on, then a leading future candidate must be David Grossman." -- Mark Lawson Guardian, Book of the Year "Much of it is extremely funny, but it's also tightly controlled and carefully paced... Few writers hold a more unflinching mirror up to Israeli society than Grossman... [A Horse Walks into a Bar] is a work of sombre brilliance and disquieting rage, an unsparing exploration of the seductive spell of escapism and "the corruption that is in cynicism." -- Rebecca Abrams Financial Times "This is a virtuoso piece of writing, a whirlwind of laughter and tears that sucks you in and makes you holds your breath." -- John Harding Daily Mail

David Grossman is the bestselling author of numerous works, which have been translated into thirty-six languages. His most recent novels were To the End of the Land, described by Jacqueline Rose as 'without question one of the most powerful and moving novels I have ever read', and Falling Out of Time. He is the recipient of the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the 2010 Frankfurt Peace Prize.

General Fields

  • : 9781784704223
  • : Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : May 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 13mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Grossman; Jessica Cohen (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : 617
  • : English
  • : 892.43/6
  • : 208