Reviews

  • "Unrelentingly claustrophobic… The violence that A Horse Walks Into A Bar explores is more private and intimate. Its central interest is not the vicious treatment of vulnerable others but the cruelty that wells up within families, circulates like a poison in tight-knit groups, and finally turns inward against the self… Strategic weaving together of manic humour and tears… Searing and poignant."

    Stephen Greenblatt, New York Review of Books
  • "Brilliant, blistering… With Dovaleh, Grossman has created a character who’s captivating and horrific and a stand-up routine that’s disgusting and authentically human. I can hardly say how the book achieves its bewitching effects. It all happened so fast."

    Ken Kalfus, Washington Post
  • "Unless pop lyricists have the lock on the Novel prize in literature from now on, then a leading future candidate must be David Grossman."

    Mark Lawson, Guardian, Book of the Year
  • "Much of it is extremely funny, but it’s also tightly controlled and carefully paced… Few writers hold a more unflinching mirror up to Israeli society than Grossman… [A Horse Walks into a Bar] is a work of sombre brilliance and disquieting rage, an unsparing exploration of the seductive spell of escapism and “the corruption that is in cynicism.”"

    Rebecca Abrams, Financial Times
  • "This is a virtuoso piece of writing, a whirlwind of laughter and tears that sucks you in and makes you holds your breath."

    John Harding, Daily Mail
  • "A writerly tour de force that would be unbearably painful, were it not also so generously humane."

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, New Statesman, Book of the Year
  • "A short, shocking masterpiece."

    Adam Lively, Sunday Times
  • "David Grossman tells a story that is so emotional that you feel obliged to look away from time to time or to even put away the book once in a while so you can breathe again and so you can prepare yourself for the next confrontation with yourself and the world around you."

    De Morgen
  • "David Grossman’s new novel runs on a high voltage line, operated by a frantic, mesmerising and almost unbearable energy. An ongoing feeling of astonishment accompanies you throughout the read, and it is linked to Grossman’s bravado and to his innovation as a storyteller… A Horse Walks into a Bar…is unlike anything Grossman has written, or anything I have read. It is a packed explosive, multi-resonant, daring and exciting."

    Omri Herzog, Ha’aretz
  • "Grossman’s new novel depicts a cruel demeaning stand-up act…and yet this is not a book about the violence of man but rather on the human inside - and this is what turns Grossman to a truly great author."

    Nurit Gertz, Walla!