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Recent essays on Israel, literature, and language from one of the country's most respected and best-loved voices Throughout his career, David Grossman has been a voice for peace and reconciliation between Israel and its Arab citizens and neighbors. In six new essays on politics and culture in Israel today, he addresses the conscience of a country that has lost faith in its leaders and its ideals. This collection includes an already famous speech concerning the disastrous Second Lebanon War of 2006, the war that took the life of Grossman’s twenty-year-old son, Uri. Moving, humane, clear-sighted, and courageous, touching on literature and artistic creation as well as politics and philosophy, these writings are a cri de coeur from a heroic voice of reason at a time of uncertainty and despair.
“A writer who has been, for nearly two decades, one of the most original and talented not only in his own country but anywhere.” —NEIL GORDON, The New York Times Book Review“If there is one word for Grossman’s faith, it is humanism. This word is in some dispute today; it is rare and awesome to come across the real thing.” —MARSHALL BERMAN, The Nation “One of contemporary literature’s most versatile and absorbing writers.” —KENNETH BREWER, San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle Book Review