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Falling out of Time

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 14mm | 154g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099583720
  • 9780099583721
  • 280,929

About David Grossman

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 books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the 2010 Frankfurt Peace Prize. His most recent novels were To the End of the Land (2010), described by Jacqueline Rose in the Guardian as 'without question one of the most powerful and moving novels I have ever read', and Falling Out of Time (2014).show more

Review quote

"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 Telegraphshow more

Review Text

"A book that needed to be written."show more

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733 ratings
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2 7% (53)
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