More than I love my life

by Grossman, David,

Format: Print Book 2021
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INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE NOMINEE * A remarkable novel of suffering, love, and healing--the story of three generations of women on an unlikely journey to a Croatian island and a secret that needs to be told--from the internationally best-selling author of To the End of the Land

"A magnificent book ... The way Grossman writes about these regions is unique, with a deep understanding of our experience." --Josip Mlakić , Express (Croatia)

More Than I Love My Life is the story of three strong women: Vera, age ninety; her daughter, Nina; and her granddaughter, Gili, who at thirty-nine is a filmmaker and a wary consumer of affection. A bitter secret divides each mother and daughter pair, though Gili--abandoned by Nina when she was just three--has always been close to her grandmother.

With Gili making the arrangements, they travel together to Goli Otok, a barren island off the coast of Croatia, where Vera was imprisoned and tortured for three years as a young wife after she refused to betray her husband and denounce him as an enemy of the people. This unlikely journey--filtered through the lens of Gili's camera, as she seeks to make a film that might help explain her life--lays bare the intertwining of fear, love, and mercy, and the complex overlapping demands of romantic and parental passion.

More Than I Love My Life was inspired by the true story of one of David Grossman's longtime confidantes, a woman who, in the early 1950s, was held on the notorious Goli Otok ("the Adriatic Alcatraz"). With flashbacks to the stalwart Vera protecting what was most precious on the wretched rock where she was held, and Grossman's fearless examination of the human heart, this swift novel is a thrilling addition to the oeuvre of one of our greatest living novelists, whose revered moral voice continues to resonate around the world.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Three generations of women confront the traumatic events that shaped their lives in this powerful novel from internationally acclaimed Israeli author Grossman. Gili was raised by her father, Rafael, after her mother, Nina, abandoned her when she was just over three. Aloof and cold, Nina has grappled with her own abandonment issues all her life; her own mother, Vera, was taken to Goli Otok, a Croatian penal colony, when Nina was just six-and-a-half. When the three women are reunited to celebrate Vera's ninetieth birthday, Nina reveals a startling diagnosis and makes a powerful request. She asks Vera, Rafael, and Gili to take a trip with her to Goli Otok to film Vera's account of what happened to her during the years she was absent from Nina's life. As they journey to the island, Vera confronts her devastating time in the re-education camp and confesses a long-held secret. Nina tries to reconnect with Rafael and Gili, and Gili confronts the way her mother's abandonment has shaped her own sense of family. Grossman performs a deft exploration of how trauma impacts succeeding generations."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Grossman's tender and disquieting latest (after A Horse Walks into a Bar) looks at three generations of women whose bonds are fissured by histories of restlessness and war. Gili, an aspiring filmmaker, has never forgiven her mother, Nina, for leaving her and her father when Gili was a toddler. Nina was raised in Yugoslavia and hasn't recovered from her own sense of abandonment after her mother, Vera, an anti-Nazi partisan, was held in a prison camp for refusing to renounce communism. Vera, who's both Gili's biological grandmother and the stepmother of Gili's father, Rafael, is the family's center. When Nina visits for Vera's 90th birthday party, she asks filmmaker Rafael to make a documentary for the family about their relationship; ultimately, Gili, who once worked as Rafael's assistant, insists on having the final edit both out of a desire for creative fulfillment and to make sure they get the project right. The four talk, film, and revisit the dilapidated island prison, and their relationships shift as they grapple with Vera's and Nina's past. Grossman shines a light on the victims of the violent split between Tito and Stalin, as well as on the stories people tell themselves to explain, survive, and forgive. And in Vera, who is nimble and sharp at 90, endlessly self-mythologizing, and possessed of a broken Hebrew that Cohen renders into idiosyncratic broken English, the author has created an unforgettable character. This adds another remarkable achievement to Grossman's long list. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Goli otok (Concentration camp) -- Fiction.
Internment camp inmates -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Alfred A. Knopf,2021
Edition First American edition.
Other Titles Iti ha'chayim mesachek harbeh.
Contributors Cohen, Jessica (Translator), translator.
Language English
In English, translated from the Hebrew.
Notes "This is a Borzoi Book"--Title page verso.
Translation of: Iti ha'chayim mesachek harbeh.
Description 281 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780593318911
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