Source – Library
David Grossman is a israeli writer ,he served in the israeli army in the 70′s then went on to study philosophy ,he is known as a peace activist having previous being sack from national radio for refusing to downplay the declaration of the Palestine state .he has won numerous award the most famous being the Bialik prize for Hebrew literature .
To the end of the land is the story of Ora and Offer ,mother and son in modern-day Israeli Ora is doing his national service which is drawing to an end much to Ora’s thankfulness .Offer doesn’t return to his mother ,he wants to join a large offensive that is just being mounted .This shocks Ora who panics that the “Notifers” will appear at her door ,she had planned a trip to Galilee across the country with Offer on his release from the army ,she is single he husband and other son having left her she contacts her husband best friend Avram and as it transpires Offer real father to join her on this pilgrimage to avoid what she fears will be Offers death ,as they set off she starts to tell Avram bit by bit and writing down Offers life as if the act is a way of keeping her son alive so we hear Offers life unfold through his loving mothers eyes ,as Avram tries to support the women he was once so close to .
Where was I
He fell .
oh she groans in painful surprise,the air slashed out of her in one sweep .Don’t say that .
I wasn’t thinking .I’m sorry Ora
No it’s okay .You should know that when I talk about him with you ,He’s alright .He is protected
I don’t know .Thats what I feel .He is preserved .
Does that sound crazy ?
should I tell you more ?
tell me more ,about him
This is were we find what talking about Offer means to Ora .
Right now here is the most important bit about this book ,after the first draft Grossman lost his own son in an attack whilst he was serving his national service ,so the emotions in this book are very realistic ,as he was struggling with his own grief .It deals with parental love ,war and the bond between old lovers .Ora is in some ways Grossman and Ora in some ways is his son .If you want a story that touches your heart this is it ,especially when you know the story of Grossman own son .This of all the Israeli books dealing with the Palestinian conflict and its effects on everyday life in Israeli.
The book was translated by Jessica Cohen a well known translkator from Hebrew .