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  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099552284
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99

Sleeping on a Wire

Conversations with Palestinians in Israel

A ground-breaking and profundly important portrayal of the Arab population in Israel

Israel: Jewish state and national homeland to Jews the world over. But a fifth of its population is Arab, a people who feel themselves to be an inseparable part of the Arab nation, most of which is still technically at war with the State of Israel.

In the summer of 1991 David Grossman set out on a journey into the world of Arab citizens of his country. Sleeping on a Wire is an account of what he found. It is about men and women fighting to find a voice, to pick out the pulse of their own identity in a land that doesn't seem to be theirs. He has not written about open conflict. Rather it is a story of ferment beneath the surface, and an intensifying bitterness which can only exacerbate the troubles of the Middle East.

  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099552284
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

David Grossman

David Grossman is the bestselling author of numerous works, which have been translated into thirty-six languages. His most recent novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar, was awarded the International Man Booker Prize 2017, and shortlisted for the TLS-Risa Domb/Porjes Prize 2019. Grossman is also the recipient of the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the 2010 Frankfurt Peace Prize.

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Praise for Sleeping on a Wire

Intelligent, sympathetic, resonant and accessible

Nick Hornby, Sunday Times

Outstanding... Unblinkingly harsh, this journey is also, in its sheer honesty and decency, a work of hope


The Yellow Wind established Grossman as one of Israel's finest political writers. His latest examination of the Palestinian tragedy is of equal quality, sympathetic without being patronising, sensitive to the point of pain

Robert Fisk, Independent

A writer of passionate self-honesty, unafraid to ask terrible questions

Nadine Gordimer

A fine, sympathetic book... Its insights reverberate far beyond the Middle East


Grossman has continued the honourable tradition of giving voice to the vocally disenfranchised


Grossman is an acute and sceptical observer, reckoning with the double and triple languages his subjects use to negotiate their lives in Israel, wrestling honourably with his own reactions

Sunday Times

He is a good and honest and comprehending listener

Christopher Hitchens, Guardian

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