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Author Grossman awarded Peace Prize

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October 13, 2010 | 9:45 am

Israeli author David Grossman. Photo by Carmen Jaspersen

Israeli author David Grossman. Photo by Carmen Jaspersen

Israeli writer David Grossman, who will appear at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles on Oct. 19, was awarded the prestigious Peace Prize at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

Grossman, 56, whose latest novel, “To the End of the Land,” came out last summer (the English translation was released by Random House in September), was honored Oct. 10 for his commitment to building bridges between Israel and the Palestinians, according to the German Publishers and Booksellers Association.

The association noted that Grossman continued his efforts despite the fact that his own son, Uri, was killed by Hezbollah rocket fire during the conflict with Lebanon in 2006.

In an address praising the author, Joachim Gauck, a Protestant pastor and human rights activist from the former East Germany, called Grossman a “symbol of the peace movement” in Israel.

The prize is worth about $40,000.

In receiving the prize, Grossman said Israel should learn from its tragedies and make a fresh start, according to news reports.

“To the End of the Land” confronts the anguish of a mother journeying through Israel, and through the country’s past, trying to avoid receiving bad news about her son, who has re-enlisted in the army at the start of the Second Intifada.

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