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Obama at Martha's Vineyard Photo: Reuters
Obama at Martha's Vineyard Photo: Reuters
Israeli author David Grossman Photo: Yehonatan Zur
Israeli author David Grossman Photo: Yehonatan Zur

Obama takes David Grossman on vacation

White House says US president will read Israeli author's novel 'To the End of the Land' during 10-day holiday at Martha's Vineyard

Orly Azoulay
Published: 08.22.11, 10:11 / Israel Culture

US President Barack Obama has taken an asset of permanent value on his vacation at Martha's Vineyard: David Grossman's novel, "To the End of the Land."


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According to a White House statement, the Israeli writer's book is one of three books the American president plans to read during his 10-day holiday.


The other two books were authored by Abraham Verghese, an Ethiopian-born physician who began writing best-sellers several years ago, and journalist Isabel Wilkerson, who wrote about African Americans' integration into the American society.


אובמה יוצא מחנות עם בנותיו סשה ומליה (צילום: רויטרס)

Obama leavs book store with daughters (Photo: Reuters)


In addition to these three books, Obama purchased two more during his vacation when he visited a local book store with his daughters.


"To the End of the Land" was published in early 2008 and received enthusiastic reviews. In 2010 it was published in the United States and made it to the eighth place in Amazon's 100 Best Books list for that year. It was also translated into German and became a best-seller in Germany.


Grossman began writing the novel in 2003 and completed it after his son Uri was killed in the Second Lebanon War. The book can provide the American president with deeper insights into life and the ongoing Israeli tragedy in the shadow of wars through the story of one Israeli family.



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