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A Horse Walks into a Bar

A Horse Walks into a Bar

The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian coming apart on stage, an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes.

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ISBN 9781910702932
Barcode 9781910702932
Published 14 November 2016 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: Hebrew)
Author(s) By Grossman, David
Translated by Cohen, Jessica

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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781910702932
ISBN-10 1910702935
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 14 November 2016
International Publication Date 10 November 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from Hebrew
Author(s) By Grossman, David
Translated by Cohen, Jessica
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 346g
Dewey Code 892.437
Catalogue Code 674870

Description of this Book

The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian coming apart on stage, an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell. Dovale Gee, a veteran stand-up comic - charming, erratic, repellent - exposes a wound he has been living with for years - a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him. A Horse Walks into a Bar is a shocking and breathtaking read. Betrayals between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt demanding redress. On stage the comic is torn between his commitment to his audience and the debt he owes to himself. Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovale Gee provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn't know whether to laugh or cry - and all this in the presence of a former childhood friend who is trying to understand why he's been summoned to this performance. David Grossman has reached yet another literary peak that is emotionally equal to his previous books and stunning, even outrageous, in its inventions and complexity.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Long-listed for The International Man Booker Prize 2017 (UK)
NZ Review David Grossman tells a story that is so emotional that you feel obliged to look away from time to time or to even put away the book once in a while so you can breathe again and so you can prepare yourself for the next confrontation with yourself and the world around you. De Morgen David Grossman's new novel runs on a high voltage line, operated by a frantic, mesmerising and almost unbearable energy. An ongoing feeling of astonishment accompanies you throughout the read, and it is linked to Grossman's bravado and to his innovation as a storyteller... A Horse Walks into a Bar...is unlike anything Grossman has written, or anything I have read. It is a packed explosive, multi-resonant, daring and exciting. -- Omri Herzog Ha'aretz Grossman's new novel depicts a cruel demeaning stand-up act...and yet this is not a book about the violence of man but rather on the human inside - and this is what turns Grossman to a truly great author. -- Nurit Gertz Walla!
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

David Grossman is the bestselling author of numerous works, which have been translated into thirty-six languages. His most recent novels were To the End of the Land, described by Jacqueline Rose as 'without question one of the most powerful and moving novels I have ever read', and Falling Out of Time. He is the recipient of the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the 2010 Frankfurt Peace Prize.

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