Israeli Author David Grossman on Amazons Best of 2010

Published: December 9th 2010
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To the End of the Land

Israeli author David Grossman had his book "To the End of the Land" translated into English (by Jessica Cohen) and it has been ranked eighth on the "Best Books of 2010," an annual list published by


There were a lot of books with huge hype this year, that one couldn't go to the store without seeing all over the shelves: Stieg Larsson's "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," for instance. Well, Larsson's novel only sits one ahead of Grossman in the editor's picks, sitting at number seven. This puts Grossman in esteemed company, also alongside Patti Smith's popular "Just Kids" in ninth, a story about her complex relationship with legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.


The website has the option for reader's to pitch in their thoughts, and Grossman's book was popular there as well, garnering an average of four stars.


Other novels by Grossman have been translated into over 30 languages and he has won numerous awards.


The top pick of the year by Amazon was Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," a moving story about a woman who unknowingly contributed to the research of cancer due to her unique medical condition.


The editorial review of To the End of the Land by Amazon staff Tom Nissley was very complimentary.


"[It] is a book of mourning for those not dead, a mother's lament for life during a wartime that has no end in sight. At the same time, it's joyously and almost painfully alive, full to the point of rupture with the emotions and the endless quotidian details of a few deeply imagined lives," wrote Nissley.


"Grossman builds an overwhelming portrait of, as one character says, the 'thousands of moments and hours and days' that make 'one person in the world,' and of the power of war to destroy such a person, even – or especially – when they survive its cruel demands."


The novel was published in English by Knopf in September and the hardcover is available for order on

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