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David Grossman beats the Booker
To the End of the Land wins this year’s Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, beating the winners of this year’s Booker and Costa prizes.
“Grossman’s To the End of the Land is the great anti-war epic of our time,” said Editor of the Jewish Quarterly, Rachel Lasserson.
Commenting on the winning book Lisa Appignanesi, chair of the judging panel, said:
“Each of the books on our short-list could have been an outstanding winner. But in a year which brings us David Grossman’s To the End of the Land, the judges all concurred that this towering novel had to be the one. At once magisterial and moving, this is a profoundly humane work of fiction. Grossman’s Ora is vibrantly alive in all her particularity. She will come to stand beside Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina as one of the great characters in literature”.
Former winners include Imre Kertesz, Amos Oz, Zadie Smith, WG Sebald and Oliver Sacks. This year’s judging panel was Lisa Appignanesi, Daniel Glaser, Emily Kasriel and Michael Prodger.
actually it was a profile of Grossman , see below, very moving and powerful:
Sep 27, 2010
PROFILE of Israeli novelist David Grossman. Tells about his career as a writer and broadcaster, the death of his son, Uri, who was killed by a Hezbollah missile during military service, and the composition of his novel, “To the End of the Land…