“He is walking along with his parents, tears a lion limb from limb with his bare hands, and says nothing. Why is he silent?”
In Lion’s Honey, award-winning writer David Grossman takes on one of the most vivid and controversial characters in the Bible. Revisiting Samson’s famous battle with the lion, his many women and his betrayal by them all, including the only one he ever loved. Grossman gives us a provocative new take on the story and its climax, Samson’s final act of death, brining down a temple on himself and three thousand Philistines.
In exhilarating and lucid prose, Grossman reveals the journey of a single, lonely and tortured soul who never found a true home in the world, who was uncomfortable in his very body and who, some might say, was the precursor of today’s suicide bombers.
“Extraordinary, ground-breaking, empowering.”
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“His journey takes us to the heart of ourselves, in this millennia-old creation of a man like Oedipus whose tragedy was that his own predestined story was too big for his soul to bear.”
“One of contemporary literature’s most versatile and absorbing writers.”
san Francisco Chronicle
David Grossman is one of Israel’s leading writers. His award-winning novels include See Under: Love, The Book of Intimate Grammar and The Zigzag Kid, and two powerful accounts of his encounters with Palestinians, The Yellow Wind and Sleeping on a Wire, as well as a number of children’s books and a play.