Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Authors Out Loud: David Grossman

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

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grossmanDavid Grossman
Falling Out of Time
Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm

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Sponsored by Francine Zorn Trachtenberg and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in memory of Fran's parents, Bruce and Selma Zorn.

Following his magisterial To the End of the Land, the acclaimed Israeli author David Grossman brings us an incandescent fable of parental grief––concise, elemental, a powerfully distilled experience of understanding and acceptance, and of art’s triumph over death.
In Falling Out of Time, David Grossman has created a genre-defying drama––part play, part prose, pure poetry––to tell the story of bereaved parents setting out to reach their lost children. It begins in a small village, in a kitchen, where a man announces to his wife that he is leaving, embarking on a journey in search of their dead son. The man paces in ever-widening circles around the town. One after another, all manner of townsfolk fall into step with him, each enduring his or her own loss.The walkers raise questions of grief and bereavement: Can death be overcome by an intensity of speech or memory? Is it possible, even for a fleeting moment, to call to the dead and free them from their death? Grossman’s answer to such questions is a hymn to these characters.

David Grossman was born in Jerusalem. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and has been translated into thirty-six languages around the world. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome’s Premio per la Pace e l’Azione Umitaria, the Premio Ischia—International Award for Journalism, Israel’s Emet Prize and the Albatross Prize given by the Günter Grass Foundation.

In 2006 his 20-year-old son Uri, a staff sergeant in an armored unit, was killed during an IDF operation in southern Lebanon.

Praise for David Grossman:
"There are some writers in whose words one recognizes the texture of life. David Grossman is such a writer." -Yann Martel

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