2017 Man Booker International winner announced

A Horse Walks into a Bar

An excellent title, and now we are assured an excellent read, Israeli author David Grossman’s A Horse Walks into a Bar has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize for 2017.

Translated by Jessica Cohen and published by Jonathon Cape, the novel is set in 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.

And of course you can borrow this title from Blue Mountains library. Read reviews and an excerpt from the book on the catalogue, and place it on hold using your library card number and password.


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