The Madeleine Brand Show for December 28, 2010

Author David Grossman takes us on a mother's journey "To the End of the Land"

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David Grossman, author and recent winner of the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair Peace Prize.

In "To the End of the Land," Israeli author David Grossman tells the story of a mother escaping her fear that her son has been killed in combat by taking a hiking journey in the Galilee. He weaves the personal history of a family, led by mother Ora, with the day to day devastation of a land in perpetual conflict.

Grossman's own biography has been marked by tragedy -- while writing the novel his own son was killed in service. His narrative is a cry against a life lived in fear in a culture he says "survives from one catastrophe to another" without ever really embracing life.

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