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Falling Out of Time

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Following his magisterial To the End of the Land, the universally acclaimed Israeli author brings us an incandescent fable of parental grief––concise, elemental, a powerfully distilled experience of understanding and acceptance, and of art’s triumph over death.

In Falling Out of Time, David Grossman has created a genre-defying drama––part play, part prose, pure poetry––to t
Hardcover, 193 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Knopf (first published 2011)
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Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E’ solo che il cuore
mi si spezza,
tesoro mio,
al pensiero
che io…
che abbia potuto…
per tutto questo

Ricordo ancora il giorno dell’anno scorso in cui lessi l’articolo che annunciava il ritorno di David Grossman alla scrittura. Ho sentito penetrare a fondo, nella sfera del mio ego, la capacità di essere commossa da un evento a me così estraneo riguardante una persona che non ho mai conosciuto e che credo non conoscerò mai, il cui unico lato a me intelligibile sono le parole che scri
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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L'indagine di un dolore - individuale e universale - che strazia, lacera, annienta. E la forza, incredibile e coraggiosa, di rinascere dalle proprie ceneri con la consapevolezza che 'questo / è essere /uomo".
Rebecca Foster
Like the two central characters here, Israeli author David Grossman lost his son, a soldier named Uri, during the Middle East conflict. In this multifaceted examination of bereavement, it seems that everyone has lost a child. The genre-bending mixture of poetry, absurdist dialogue, and an inverted fairy tale reflects the difficulty of ever capturing grief in language. Each story and each strategy is like a new way of approaching the unspeakable.

Though it can be read in one sitting, this is a nov
Diane S ☔
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very differently structured book, this is the authors attempt to give voice to his grief, and to all parents whom have lost a child. An attempt to separate grief from memories, in some parents a way to forgive themselves and a wonderful ode to love and regret.

One can read the synopsis of the book, but that can not relate how powerful I found this little book. The words, the poetry, the commentary, so poignant, so raw. The outpouring of grief from all involved but also the hope that they can fi
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Grossman

La bellezza straordinaria di quest’opera non è certo quella di un semplice romanzo. La parola che troviamo tra le pagine di questo capolavoro è quella della poesia.
Ci troviamo di fronte a personaggi diversi, ma con purtroppo qualcosa di comune: la perdita di un figlio, cosa più tragica che un genitore possa affrontare.
Questo capolavoro, è straordinario, un libro forte nella sua tragicità, ma che entra dentro al cuore in una maniera indelebile, e chi l’ha lett
"E' morto in agosto, e quando quel mese finisce io immancabilmente penso: come posso passare a settembre mentre lui rimane in agosto?"

Caduto fuori dal tempo è un romanzo in versi, o, per dirla con le parole del suo autore, una storia a più voci. Di certo sfida qualunque definizione e convenzione, travolgendo il lettore con una storia che non è una storia, perché non è un libro sul dolore - la perdita di un figlio - ma un dolore che si è fatto libro. E come nel dolore il tempo e lo spazio cessano
Billy O'Callaghan
In an unnamed place and unspecified time, a man and his wife exist in pieces following the death of their son. Uncertain where to turn, or how to move on from here, the man announces his intentions to walk, to go to the place where his son might be. So he sets out, moving in circles around his house and around the town and, for the purposes of this book soon earns the identifying moniker, 'The Walking Man'.
It seems like a futile escapade, but he quickly draws others who can identify with his s
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Caduto fuori dal tempo” è difficile, straziante, struggente, ma ha una poesia e una delicatezza rara da trovare.
E’ il percorso, il cammino di un genitore che deve affrontare lo strappo più lacerante e più terribile: la perdita di un figlio.
Attraverso le voci, le esperienze dello scriba, del Duca, della lavandaia e di molti altri, Grossman ci fa entrare a piccoli passi nel dolore che annienta, paralizza, lascia sconquassati:

“Come posso passare a settembre mentre lui rimane in agosto?”

Grazie alla
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Death is always a part of life no matter one's age, but at my age one begins to lose more and more people to death. I lost my dad ten years ago this month and my mom five years ago in April. Just two days after I fell ill in May, my favorite uncle passed away at 93 years of age. Simultaneously my favorite aunt fell and broke her shoulder. She had just turned 96 and was deemed too elderly to withstand an operation. She died in hospice care a week later.

I am not writing of all this death as a plea
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As some people know: David Grossman lost his son (during the War in Israel) --5 years ago.

His book "To The End of The Land" (an AMAZING BOOK --one of my all time favorites) -- was his last novel. --

This new release book "Falling Out of Time" is a small little book written for bereaved parents --offering comfort through poetry- and play.

I bought this book (along with "Beyond Tears" --living after losing a child) --to give to my close friend. Her son had been fighting Cancer for the past 10 month
Guenda Ferri
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo è uno di quei libri che graffia. Soprattutto se pensiamo alla storia di Grossman, che ha perso un figlio qualche anno fa. In 'Caduto fuori dal tempo' lo scrittore intreccia, tramite l'uso della poesia, vite e storie che sono legate proprio dalla perdita di una figlia o di un figlio.
Il fatto che sia scritto per la maggior parte in poesia lo rende ancor più toccante, ancor più profondo. Probabilmente dovrò rileggerlo ancora molte volte per capirlo fino in fondo.
Claudia-Il giro del mondo attraverso i libri
E anch’io, nella prigione
della mia stanza, sulla scrivania
del mio corpo maledetto, ho scritto
finalmente. Come dita
nella terra smossa
ho scritto
la storia –

Grossman, con questo racconto a più voci che sfuma quasi nella poesia, ci consegna una vero tesoro. Questo è un testo molto sofferto: in ogni segno di punteggiatura, in ogni lettera, in ogni parola vi è sofferenza; perché Grossman ci parla del più grande dolore di un padre: la morte del proprio figlio. Così, l’autore ci prende per mano attrave
Alice Meloy
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how many people will be attracted by this small book that deals with the somber subject of parents grieving for dead children. But the phrase "achingly beautiful" was never more apt than here. Originally written as a performance piece, the structure of the book is like an ancient Greek tragedy, the Town Chronicler acting as the Chorus, and individual characters speaking in short, truncated phrases that make the reader pause at the end of each line to digest what is being said/implie ...more
Mike Keirsbilck
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This has been a surprising, but wonderful read. Grossman wrote this book in order to come to terms with his son's death.

Now, how do you do this without losing yourself in pathos and drama? I was very sceptical about it prior to reading this book. Yet, the author delivers gracefully.

In stead of telling the story of the author, Grossman's voice falls apart in many characters and voices. The reader gets a multi-faceted tale of loss, mourning, grief and - because It's the only thing that keeps you
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't imagine what losing a child feels like. David Grossman knows, and his knowledge ripped me apart as I bent over the table reading line after line of his shattering prose poem.

A father who speaks to his wife candidly for the first time since their life ended, seeking answers mouth agape. He begins to circle around the town in imitation of the circle of life that his innocent child's unnatural death has broken forever. He tries to reconnect with life by recreating it the way it should be: b
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Il libro, non definibile come romanzo, è, come spiega il titolo, una “Storia a più voci”. Il genere espressivo è assimilabile ad una rappresentazione teatrale su un palcoscenico scarno, dove i protagonisti, le “voci” appunto, confessano la loro storia, alternando prosa e versi. L’A. rivela che il libro stesso ha costruito la propria forma: dato l’argomento non era possibile seguire le normali regole di scrittura. I versi, la poesia salgono direttamente dall’intimo di ciascuno di noi e sono in gr ...more
Claudia Gualina
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Una volta un uomo di un paese lontano mi ha detto che nella sua lingua chi muore in guerra è chiamato “caduto”. E tu sei così: sei caduto fuori dal tempo, il tempo in cui mi trovo io ti scorre davanti.”

Grossman interrompe anni di silenzio, dopo la morte del figlio Uri, per parlare del suo dolore e cercare di esorcizzarlo. Un padre che deve seppellire un figlio è qualcosa che va contro natura, una sofferenza atroce, che ti investe di mille interrogativi a c
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Predivna knjiga neobične, hibridne forme - jezik je sasvim poetski, forma liči na dramsku, ali nije sasvim ni drama već više meditacija, esej; ponešto ima i od romana jer se prate isti likovi, mada kroz radnju u tradicionalnom smislu, niti su dijalozi zaista razgovori, a sve to ima svoje opravdanje u sadržaju.
Nemam reči da objektivno prikažem ovu knjigu. Najviše zato što je reč o apsolutno najstrašnijoj stvari na svetu – bolu roditelja za mrtvim detetom. Tim pre, što se u startu zna da je Grosm
I tried to to read this today. Though it's not at all long the book's style proved difficult for me to comprehend/fully grasp, and my reading attempts couldn't evince the empathy and understanding the meditations required or deserved. My failing, this one. (Unreservedly recommend The Yellow Wind and The Book of Intimate Grammar; still intending to get to To the End of the Land.)
Sean Amore
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book/poem. I can honestly say it helped me embrace the genre of poetry and I can see this story being a craft of love. I want to read all of Grossman's stuff now - this was a solid introduction.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Come nel momento in cui un neonato irrompe dall'utero e dal corpo della madre,
la morte di mio figlio mi ha trasformato nel padre
che non sono
mai stato -
mi ha trafitto
con uno squarcio e una ferita
e un senso di vuoto, colmandomi
altresì della sua presenza
che da allora mi sommerge
con un'intensità
mai vista -
la sua morte
mi ha reso
di concepirlo.
La sua morte
mi ha reso un guscio
vuoto di padre e anche
di madre -
la sua morte
mi porta a scoprire un seno
a chi non lo succhierà mai,
e sulle pareti del mio u
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very strange book, something between a play and a novel and poetry,and every character in it has lost a child. I would definitely say don't read it if you have been in that unthinkable situation yourself. The author has put a lot of thought into the course of grief, and how to represent it in original ways, including a bunch of people walking interminably to try to somehow reach their lost children, and one man who has merged with his desk to become a centaur (maybe a stand-in for the ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A stunning, haunting portrayal of parental grief. There were certain lines that made me shut my eyes when I read them because they were so jarring and exquisite. Grossman's characters are united by their grief, yet he makes each of them distinct in the method and situation of their grieving, and in the empathy they command. This book is a true masterpiece, one that transcends genre lines to depict humanity at its rawest.
The entire book is devoted to mourning lost children, so things get a bit deep and teary and oh god, can we maybe not talk about this anymore? I'm not a parent, but this book still hit me pretty hard at times; I honestly don't know how someone who has actually lost a child could get through this thing.

That being said, it's one of the most beautiful works of art I've ever read. As I mentioned, it's kind of a play, and all of these different characters intermingle and exist solely through referenc
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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באוגוסט 2006, נהרג אורי, בנו של הסופר דויד גרוסמן. זה קרה בימיה האחרונים של מלחמת לבנון השניה ומאז במשך 5 שנים, מנסה גרוסמן, להפוך את ה"לא" ל"כן", את ה"אין" ל"יש" ולצאת מהאפלה הסמיכה שהמוות הטיל על חיו.

אין צער גדול יותר מצערו של הורה ששכל ילדו. קבורת ילד אינה כדרך העולם, היא מפרה את הסדר הטבעי של הדברים, פוגמת במרקם של היקום, החוקים שעל פיהם הוא מתנהל והורסת ללא אפשרות שיקום את האמונה.

האמונה שמחר תזרח השמש.

האמונה שיש סדר, כללים על פיהם העולם מתנהל.

האמונה שאי פעם נצליח לחבר את השברים והפתיתים של
Daniel Sevitt
Poetry of grief. Grossman dives deep into the most unnatural grief of all - that of a parent for a child. Poetic, allegorical, troubled. This makes a sad companion piece to the Max Porter book I read recently, Grief is a Thing With Feathers.

Not sure at this point if I'm choosing these books or if they're choosing me.
This is the weirdest book I have ever read outside of The Divine Comedy.

The official synopsis says it all in terms of the story line. I had a love/hate relationship with the way the story is written.

It's a short read: only an afternoon. it has thought provoking points of view.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una poesia.
Un viaggio che ognuno di noi dovrà un giorno affrontare, per un genitore, un fratello, un figlio o un amico.
Il dolore è inevitabile.
Jeremy Jetzon
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magnificent! A searing indictment of anything that is not a book titled "Falling out of Time!"
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Must reread instantly.
Very beautiful.
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Leading Israeli novelist David Grossman (b. 1954, Jerusalem) studied philosophy and drama at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and later worked as an editor and broadcaster at Israel Radio. Grossman has written seven novels, a play, a number of short stories and novellas, and a number of books for children and youth. He has also published several books of non-fiction, including int
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“There is
is breath
inside the pain
there is breath”
“That's the only way I can somehow get close to it, to that goddamn it, without it killing me, you know? I have to dance around in front of it, I have to move, not freeze like a mouse who sees a snake. I have to feel, even just for a minute, for half a second, the last free place I may still have inside me, the fraction of a spark that still somehow glows inside, which that lousy it couldn't extinguish. Ugh! I have no other way. You have to get that: I have no other way. And maybe there is no other way, huh? I don't know, and you wouldn't understand, so at least write it down, quick. I want to knead it--yes, it, the thing that happened, the thing that struck like lightening and burned everything I had, including the words, goddamn it and its memory, the bastard burned the words that could have described it for me. And I have to mix it up with some part of me. I must, from deep inside me, and then exhale into it with my pathetic breath so I can try and make it a bit--how can I explain this to you--a bit mine, mine...Because a part of me, of mine, already belongs to it, deep inside it, in its damn prison, so there might be an opening, we might be able to haggle...What? Write it down, you criminal! Don't stop writing. You stand there staring at me? Now that I've finally managed to get out a single word about it, and breathe...I have to create characters. That's what I want, what I need. I must, it's always like that with me. Characters that flow into the story, swarm it, that can maybe air out my cell a little and surprise it--and me. Yes, I want them to betray me, betray it, the motherfucker. I want them to jump it from this side and the other and from every direction...just so long as they make it budge even one millimeter, that's enough, so that at least it moves a little on my page, so it twitches,
and just
makes it not
so impossible

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