In his powerful new novel, To the End of the Land, David Grossman tells the story of today’s Israel through the eyes of a mother whose son has volunteered for a second tour of duty in the army. Through her fears and her love, the deep stories of her son, her lovers, and all of their lives, Grossman portrays a country tormented by war, and casts light on the internal and external conflicts that have shaped many Israeli generations.
Grossman will be joined in conversation by Nicole Krauss, whose new novel, Great House, depicts the successive owners of a massive writing desk that causes them, in very different circumstances, to reflect on destruction and creation, on what we pass on to our children, and on how children absorb our own losses and dreams.
David Grossman is the author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction, including See Under: Love, The Yellow Wind, The Book of Intimate Grammar, Be My knife, and Her Body Knows (two novellas). His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Grossman has received the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Israel’s Emet Prize, and the Albatross Prize given by the Günter Grass Foundation.
Nicole Krauss published her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, in 2002. Her second, The History of Love, won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her most recent novel, Great House, a National Book Award finalist, came out last year; an excerpt was included in the magazine's "20 Under 40" series and anthology.