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Grossman, David

A horse walks into a bar / David Grossman ; translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen. - London : Jonathan Cape, 2016. - 197 pages ; 23 cm

The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell. Dovaleh G, a veteran stand-up comic charming, erratic, repellent exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him. A Horse Walks into a Bar is a shocking and breathtaking read. Betrayals between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt demanding redress. Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovaleh G provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn't know whether to laugh or cry and all this in the presence of a former childhood friend who is trying to understand why he's been summoned to this performance.


Translated from the Hebrew.

1910702935 9781910702932

2016497652


Comedians--Israel--Fiction.
Nightclubs--Israel--Fiction.


Israel--Fiction.

892.436

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