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Netanyahu critics share first award of Man Booker International Prize to an Israeli work

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Published: 17 June 2017

Last updated: 4 March 2024

David Grossman’s ‘A Horse Walks into a Bar’ has won this year’s Man Booker International Prize for the author and his translator, Jessica Cohen. Grossman, whose son Uri died in combat in Lebanon, has been a deeply insightful opponent of the occupation for decades. Cohen made her position clear in her acceptance speech.

Netanyahu critic wins prestigious literary award – Mazal Mualem – Al-Monitor 16.06.17

Translator of Grossman’s winning novel to donate half prize money to B’Tselem – Jacob Magid – The Times of Israel 15.06.17

And listen [2:52]: Author David Grossman: Israel is 'strong enough' for a solution – BBC Newshour 15.06.17
David Grossman speaks about winning the Man Booker International prize for his novel "A Horse Walks into a Bar". He talks about the role of writers in Israeli life and why he's an optimist for peace in the Middle East.


A horse walks into (an Israeli) bar
David Grossman on his comedic novel, family tragedy and reading in a war zone.

David Grossman interviews his deceased son, Uri

The essential David Grossman: six books for understanding Israel’s first Man Booker prize winner – Anat Rosenberg – Haaretz 15.06.17
Required reading: Grossman's fiction often returns to the themes of childhood, grief and solitude, while his non-fiction shines a spotlight on the dilemmas of life in Israel.


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