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Be My Knife

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Publisher Comments:

The international bestseller: a compelling love story from the leading Israeli novelist of his generation"We could be like two people who inject themselves with truth serum, and at long last have to tell it--the truth. I want to be able to say to myself, 'I bled truth with her,' yes, that's what I want. Be a knife for me, and I, I swear, will be a knife for you."An awkward, neurotic seller of rare books writes a desperate letter to a beautiful stranger whom he sees at a class reunion. This simple, lonely attempt at seduction begins a love affair of words between Yair and Miriam, two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded them--and, eventually, reawakened to feelings that they thought had passed them by. Their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions: of desire, childhood tragedies, joys, and humiliations. Through the dialogue between Yair--a family man and surprisingly successful adulterer, whose complex, guarded letters reveal a life of secrets kept from the people closest to him--and Miriam, at first deceptively open and warm, who fills her life with distraction to avoid a past full of painful secrets, Be My Knife explores the nature and the limits of intimacy. A deep departure from David Grossman's previous work, Be My Knife is his subtlest, most passionate novel yet.

Review:

"...[T]he reader becomes egaged in nothing less than a transformative work of art, the finest novel to date by a writer who has been, for nearly two decades, one of the most original and talented not only in his own country but anywhere." The New York Time Book Review

Synopsis:

When the awkward, neurotic and childlike Yair, a seller of rare books, sees a beautiful woman across the room at a class reunion he feels compelled to write to her. So begins a love affair of words between two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded them. “Be a knife for me,” Yair writes to Miriam, “and I, I swear, will be a knife for you.” As they peel back their inhibitions, their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions in a novel that is as passionate as it is spellbinding.

About the Author

David Grossman is the author of seven novels, most recently Someone to Run With, as well as two groundbreaking works of journalism, The Yellow Wind and Sleeping on a Wire; several childrens books; and a play. He lives in Jerusalem.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374299774
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Grossman, David
Author:
Almog, Vered
Author:
Gurantz, Maya
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Middle aged persons
Subject:
Booksellers and bookselling
Subject:
Epistolary fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20030419
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.52 x 0.9 in

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Product details 320 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374299774 Reviews:
"Review" by , "...[T]he reader becomes egaged in nothing less than a transformative work of art, the finest novel to date by a writer who has been, for nearly two decades, one of the most original and talented not only in his own country but anywhere."
"Synopsis" by ,
When the awkward, neurotic and childlike Yair, a seller of rare books, sees a beautiful woman across the room at a class reunion he feels compelled to write to her. So begins a love affair of words between two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded them. “Be a knife for me,” Yair writes to Miriam, “and I, I swear, will be a knife for you.” As they peel back their inhibitions, their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions in a novel that is as passionate as it is spellbinding.

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