(Israel, 1954) writes children's books, novels, and essays. His book Falling Out of Time (2012) falls somewhere between poetry, prose, and playwriting. He wrote it after his son was killed during the Lebanese war. "Grossman has exposed the deepest core of mourning for a child in an unsentimental and heartbreaking manner," wrote the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. Grossman considers it his task to make understandable the complexity of the world in which we live. He studied philosophy and theatre in Jerusalem and produced a popular children's program in the 1970s and 1980s. Most of Grossman's books have been translated into Dutch, and his work has received numerous awards. His children's book The Zigzag Kid (1994) was filmed in 2012. Other of his well-known titles include See Under:Love (1986), Tamar's Voice (YA novel, 2000) and Someone to Run With (2009).(WU 15 GR)
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A conversation between Israeli writer David Grossman and interviewer Lex Bohlmeijer.
This famous author writes children's books, novels, and essays. He considers it his task to make understandable the complexity of the world in which we live. His moving book Falling Out of Time (2012) was written after his son died in the Lebanese war. In 2012, one of his children's books was filmed in the Netherlands as Nono, het Zigzag Kind (Nono, the Zigzag Kid). Well-known books by Grossman include Look Under: Love (1986), Tamar's Voice (YA novel, 2000), and Someone to Run With (2009).
Interviewer Lex Bohlmeijer can be heard in radio programmes such as "Casa Luna" and "Diskotabel," and he writes for De Correspondent online newspaper. In English.
Saturday Night Unlimited ends on a festive note with poetic presentations by writers who not only produce wonderful prose but also have a poet's heart beating within. Come listen to David Grossman's reading from Falling Out of Time, and to poems by Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Jennifer Clement, and Stefan Hertmans. With improvisations on cello by Ernst Reijseger. In Dutch and English.
"I deem it the duty of the writer to pick at sore spots, to find a new way, in language the reader has not yet learned how to block out, to describe how complicated the situation is," says well-known Israeli writer David Grossman. He prefers to look at the violent world of grown-ups through the eyes of a child. Jennifer Clement and Maaza Mengiste also write from the children's perspective about growing up in a violence-ravaged environment. Maaza wrote about the Egyptian revolution in De leeuw en de keizer (Beneath the Lion's Gaze); in her poetic Prayer for the Stolen, Clement described how deeply the drug drade interferes with the lives of young girls. Manon Uphoff moderates a conversation with these authors. In English.
In this edition of Writers Unlimited The Series, essayist en columnist Bas Heijne will talk to novelist David Grossman. Recently Grossman's latest novel Falling Out of Time about the grief of parents who have lost a child, has been published in Dutch and English. ActorHugo Maerten will read excerpts from this novel.
David Grossman (Jerusalem, 1954) is one of Israel's most celebrated authors. His work includes novels, essays, children's books and a stage play, and has been translated into twenty-five languages. Among the countless awards he received was the prestigious Peace Prize of the German booksellers association, presented to him in 2010.
The interview will be conducted in English, the readings are in Dutch.