A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman audiobook

A Horse Walks Into a Bar

By David Grossman
Translated by Jessica Cohen
Read by Joe Barrett

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5.83 Hours 1
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In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of standup. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as the awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, teetering between hilarity and hysteria, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood—his beautiful flower of a mother, a Holocaust survivor in need of constant monitoring; his punishing father, a striver who had little understanding of his creative son. Finally, recalling his week at a military camp for youth—where Lazar witnessed what became the central event of Dov's childhood—Dov describes the indescribable while Lazar wrestles with his own part in the comedian's story of loss and survival. A beautiful performance by Grossman (jokes in questionable taste included).

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

Shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize

In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of standup. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as the awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, teetering between hilarity and hysteria, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood—his beautiful flower of a mother, a Holocaust survivor in need of constant monitoring; his punishing father, a striver who had little understanding of his creative son. Finally, recalling his week at a military camp for youth—where Lazar witnessed what became the central event of Dov's childhood—Dov describes the indescribable while Lazar wrestles with his own part in the comedian's story of loss and survival. A beautiful performance by Grossman (jokes in questionable taste included).

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Editorial Reviews

“ Joe Barrett transcends genre as he delivers a performance that is at once painful, annoying, revealing, heartbreaking, and completely riveting. Barrett is incredible as Dov’s screaming and self-punishment peel layers from his life, making his routine more autobiographical than comical…From Dov’s childhood acquaintance…to members of the uneasy audience, Barrett makes all the characters compelling. This is beautifully crafted, original, disturbing, and unforgettable listening. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[A] magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance.” New York Times Book Review (front cover)
“A short, shocking masterpiece…in which absurdity and humour are used to probe the darkest corners of the human condition.” Sunday Times (London)
“It takes an author of Mr. Grossman’s stature to channel not a failed stand-up but a shockingly effective one…[in this] pitch-black comedy.” Economist (London)
“Grossman masterfully weaves several complex strands of narrative [and] translator Jessica Cohen turns the performance into fluent, American-style patter.” Washington Post
“A polemic of unusual power…Grossman has pushed down deep into the wounded heart of a despairing man." Irish Times

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Author Bio: David Grossman

Author Bio: David Grossman

David Grossman was born in Jerusalem. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and has been translated into thirty languages. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome’s Premio per la Pace e l’Azione Umitaria, the Premio Ischia–International Award for Journalism, Israel’s Emet Prize, and the Albatross Prize given by the Günter Grass Foundation.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 5.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English