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"A Horse Walks in to a Bar" - An Evening with David Grossman

The Borns Jewish Studies Program under the auspices of the Dorit & Gerald Paul Program for Jewish Culture and the Arts is pleased to present an "Authors Talk" with

Internationally-acclaimed Israeli Writer David Grossman

Monday, March 6, 2017
5:30 pm
Global & International Studies Building, Room 0001

Born in Jerusalem in 1954, where he continues to live today, David Grossman served in Israel's army and studied theater and philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  He began publishing short stories in the early 1980s while working as editor and a program host on Israel's "Kol Israel" radio.  His earliest short stories were immediately recognized by leading scholars, readers and critics as issuing from the talented mind of an imaginative and engaged author deserving attention.  The rest is history, as he grew into one of Israel's first-line author and essayist.  

Grossman is married with two children.  The third and oldest son, Uri, was killed in 2006 in Israel’s second Lebanon War, at a time when his father, together with Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua, were demanding that Israel accept a cease fire and not escalate the war.  Two years later his novel To the End of the Land told of a mother escaping her home so as not to receive a possible visit of soldiers notifying her of the death of her son, who is serving on the Lebanon front.  Five years later, he published Falling out of Time, a touching work which challenges literary genres focused  on parents in quest of contacting their dead children in a futile attempt to bring them back.

In his writings he combines sophisticated literary techniques, imagination and genres ranging from interior monologues, shifting points of view, and mood, particularly as he switches between literary works for adults, young readers and children.  His works include tender and sympathetic characterizations of young heroes and challenging contents in plots that extend to the dilemmas governing Israeli life.
 
Since his early years as an author, David Grossman has published some of Israel's seminal works focused on the tension between the individual and the collective, the impact of today's world on the lives of young protagonists, the love between people as a force to bring them together while also challenging them to retain their own identities.  In his three volumes of essays, his writings focus primarily on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its complexities, challenges and the effect these have on Israelis' collective psyche and democratic society.

David Grossman has been an active member and driving force in numerous organizations promoting peace and coexistence between Jews and Arabs, leading the opposition to Israeli government policies as the head, since 2004, of Keshev, a group dedicated to the preservation of Israeli democracy.  He is also among the founders of an advocacy group protecting illegal immigrants to Israel from African countries.

Grossman’s books and essays have been translated into 35 languages and were published in many countries.  He is the recipient of numerous prizes around Europe and the USA, as well as leading prizes in Israel, including the Brenner Prize, the Sapir Prize and the Bialik Prize.

David Grossman's visit to Indiana University is made possible by the generous support of the following Indiana University units:
Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
School of Global & International Studies
College of Arts & Sciences Humanities Institute
Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
Department of Political Science
Department of Comparative Literature
The Center for the Study of the Middle East
The Islamic Studies Program
The Hutton Honors College
Horizons of Knowledge Lecture Series.

This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact iujsp@indiana.edu.