Driven by faith in humanity even in our darkest moments, David Grossman’s new novel asks us to confront our deepest held beliefs about a woman’s duty to herself and to her children.
Join International Booker Prize winning novelist David Grossman for a sweeping story about the power of love and loving with courage, exploring the lives of three generations of women dealing with the legacy of war.
An International Man Booker Prize winner whose books have been translated into more than 30 languages, David Grossman is Israel’s most celebrated living novelist, an author and peace activist whose work ‘work resonates with emotional intelligence, humanity and truth’ (Irish Times). He joins us in this livestream event to explore the true story that inspired More Than I Love My Life, his devasting and profound new novel.
On a kibbutz in Israel in 2008, Gili is celebrating the ninetieth birthday of her grandmother Vera, the adored matriarch of a sprawling and tight-knit family. But festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Nina: the iron-willed daughter who rejected Vera’s care; and the absent mother who abandoned Gili when she was still a baby.
Nina’s return to the family after years of silence precipitates an epic journey from Israel to the desolate island of Goli Otok, formerly part of Yugoslavia. It was here, five decades earlier, that Vera was held and tortured as a political prisoner. And it is here that the three women will finally come to terms with the terrible moral dilemma that Vera faced, and that permanently altered the course of their lives.