David Grossman novel to be adapted into an American movie

The novel, first published in 2014 in Hebrew, won the 2017 Man Booker prize.

August 8, 2019 04:54
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Israeli author David Grossman

Israeli author David Grossman poses for photographers after he received the Medicis Foreign book award for his novel "Une femme fuyant l'annonce". (photo credit: REUTERS)

David Grossman’s novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar, the story of a stand-up comedian working through conflicts during one night’s performance, has been optioned by Village Roadshow Pictures for a feature film adaptation.

The novel, first published in 2014 in Hebrew, was translated into English and won the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

Village Roadshow, an Australian-American company with headquarters in Los Angeles, said it will produce the adaptation with Veritas Entertainment Group, according to a report published Monday in The Hollywood Reporter.

Grossman is one of Israel’s leading writers. His fiction and nonfiction have won virtually every Israeli literary prize and many international awards, in addition to the Man Booker Prize, and in 2018 he was awarded the Israel Prize.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker and has been translated into more than 40 languages. His books include See Under: Love, which became an international sensation when it was translated. His most recent book, Life Plays with Me, just came out this year.

In 2008, he wrote the novel To The End of the Land, a complex story about parents coping with the possibility that their soldier son has been killed in conflict, which was inspired by the death of his own son in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

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