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From the acclaimed author of To the End of the Land comes A Horse Walks into a Bar, a searing short novel about the life of a stand-up comic as revealed in the course of one evening’s performance—comedy that will lean inexorably toward tragedy.
In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of stand-up. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as the awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, teetering between hilarity and hysteria, Dov takes us back into the terrors of his childhood: his beautiful flower of a mother, a Holocaust survivor in need of constant monitoring, and his punishing father, a striver who had little understanding of his creative son.
Finally, recalling his week at a military camp for youth, where Lazar witnessed what became the central event of Dov’s childhood, Dov describes the indescribable while Lazar wrestles with his own part in the comedian’s story of loss and survival.
Born in Jerusalem, Grossman is a prize-winning author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. Book signing to follow.
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