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 - called simply the 'Walking Man' - paces in ever-widening circles around the town. One after another, all manner of townsfolk fall into step with him (the Net Mender, the Midwife, the Elderly Maths Teacher, even the Duke), 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, who ultimately find solace and hope in their communal act of breaching death's hermetic separateness. For the reader, the solace is in their clamorous vitality, and in the gift of Grossman's storytelling - a realm where loss is not merely an absence, but a life force of its own.
Following the magisterial To the End of the Land, the universally acclaimed Israeli author brings us an incandescent fable of parental grief - slim, elemental, a powerfully distilled experience of understanding and acceptance, and of art's triumph over death.
"Grossman raises questions about the nature of grief and mourning and demonstrates, once again, his rare gift of storytelling, a realm where loss is not merely an absence but a life force of its own." Jewish Chronicle "A harrowing testimony to grief. It's a measure of Grossman's clarity of thought and his theatrical timing that one reaches its end and feels, in some small way, glad to have been in his characters' company however grim the road they travel." -- Rosemary Goring Glasgow Sunday Herald "A book that needed to be written." -- Kate Kellaway Observer "On the page the book resembles a play, or a prose poem, possessing at times the qualities of a religious or mystical text... Falling Out of Time is short, and clearly a deeply personal book, but its importance and impact ought not to be underestimated." -- Ian Sansom Guardian "The greatest Israeli writer of his generation." -- Lucy Daniel Telegraph
About the author David Grossman was born in Jerusalem, where he still lives. He is the bestselling author of numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, and children's literature, which have been translated into thirty-six languages. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker. He is the recipient of numerous awards, 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 2010 Frankfurt Peace Prize. About the translator Jessica Cohen was born in England, raised in Israel, and now lives in the U.S. She translates contemporary Israeli fiction, non-fiction, and other creative works. Her translations include David Grossman's critically acclaimed To The End of The Land, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Tablet Magazine, Words Without Borders, and Two Lines.