11 December 2018 - 4 Tevet 5779 - ד' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize E-mail

Israeli author David Grossman won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar. The award was announced on 14 June in London.

Grossman beat out five other finalists, including fellow Israeli author Amos Oz, for the counterpart to Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize.

Grossman’s novel is about a failing standup comic and his final performance. Set in a small Israeli town, the novel is focused entirely on the act of comedian Dovaleh Greenstein. He takes to the stage to needle his audience with vulgar and aggressive jokes, but his repellent performance begins to crumble as he reveals a fateful and gruesome decision he once made that has haunted him ever since.

The award prize of U$64,000 was split evenly between Grossman and his translator, Jessica Cohen.

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