David Grossman was born in Jerusalem in 1954. He is a grand figure of Israeli literature whose work is known and respected the world over. He writes novels, essays, children’s books, and non-fiction. Among them, The Book of Intimate Grammar, The Zig-Zag Kid, and See Under: Love. In 2006, he held a press conference with fellow writers Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua urging the Israeli government to implement a ceasefire with Lebanon. His book, To the End of Land was written partly after the death of his youngest son, Uri, during the war in Lebanon. This deeply moving novel was awarded the prestigious Prix Médicis Étranger in 2011. Since then he has written a number of poems about the impossibility of mourning a child. He says, “I feel poetry is more the language of grief than prose.”
David Grossman in Conversation – The Language of Grief (in Hebrew)
David Grossman spoke with Transfuge editor Oriane Jeancourt at Théâtre des Abbesses at the World Writers' Festival on Sept. 21, 2013.