“Not a mere retelling but a meticulous analysis and a commentary on the original text . . . Grossman paints us a portrait of a lonely, loveless, and surprisingly modern man. . . . An approachable introduction to the complexity of myth, literary scholarship, and the fine art of reading between the lines.” KLIATT
The Myth of Samson
978-1-84195-913-9 • $13.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2007
Israel’s most lauded contemporary writer explores the myth of Samson, one of the most tempestuous, charismatic, and colorful characters in the Hebrew Bible.
With the gorgeous prose and knife’s-edge precision for which he is known, David Grossman discusses the myth of Samsona story Grossman believes is, despite the chaos and glamour, the story of every lonely man.
There are few other Bible stories with so much drama and action, narrative fireworks and raw emotion, as we find in the tale of Samson: the battle with the lion; the three hundred burning foxes; the women he bedded and the one woman he loved; his betrayal by all the women in his life, from his mother to Delilah; and, in the end, his murderous suicide, when he brought the house down on himself and three thousand Philistines.
Praise for David Grossman:
“There isn’t a more interesting novelist in the West today.” Harper’s
“We should all thank heaven that the world has such writers in it.” Los Angeles Times
“Grossman is more than just another talented writer: Like Vaclav Havel, he is a moralist, a man with a conscience whose words cry out for absolute truth and fairness.” Newsday