“He is walking along with his parents, tears a lion limb from limb with his bare hands, and says nothing. Why is he silent?”
A daring retelling of the story of Samson, from the author of the Man Booker International Prize-winning A Horse Walks Into a Bar
In exhilarating and lucid prose, Grossman gives us a provocative new take on the story of Samson: his battle with the lion, the three hundred burning foxes, the women he bedded, the one he loved and who betrayed him and the destruction of the temple. It reveals the journey of a lonely and tortured soul, whose search for a true home echoes our own private struggles.
The Myths series brings together some of the world’s finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.
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David Grossman is the author of nine internationally acclaimed novels and a number of children’s books. Grossman has been presented with numerous awards including the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), and he won the International Man Booker Prize with A Horse Walks into a Bar. He lives with his wife and children in a suburb of Jerusalem.