David Grossman and Ian McEwan Falling Out of Time

Ian McEwan, David Grossman

27/02/2014 8:30 pm

Israel’s celebrated author David Grossman author returned to Jewish Book Week to discuss Falling Out of Time, an exploration of parental bereavement, with fellow writer Ian McEwan.

In a small village, in a kitchen, a man announces to his wife that he is leaving, embarking on a journey in search of their dead son. 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.

Employing a new, genre-defying form, 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.

Ian McEwan’s latest novel Sweet Tooth is set in 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but the fight goes on, especially in the cultural sphere. This is a story of betrayal and intrigue, love, and the invented self.

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan\'s works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for Amsterdam in 1998. His novel Atonement received numerous awards and was also made into an Oscar-wining film. More recently, Sweet Tooth won the Paddy Power Political Fiction Book of the Year award in 2012. He was awarded a CBE in 2000.

David Grossman

David Grossman is the bestselling author of numerous works, which have been translated into thirty-six languages. His most recent novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar, was awarded the International Man Booker Prize 2017, and shortlisted for the TLS Risa Domb/Porjes Prize 2019. Grossman is also the recipient of the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the 2010 Frankfurt Peace Prize. Image c. Peter-Andreas Hassiepen