David Grossman should never write for the Israeli tourism board, or worse yet, be a spokesman for any Israeli government. In the series of hard hitting essays in Death as a Way of Life, Grossman handles the intractable problems of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict following the collapse of the Oslo Accords.
The essays are deep, penetrating, have small rays of hope, but are largely brimming with despair of finding a solution to the problems of the small patch of the Middle East that is Israel and Palestine. His analysis of the bloodshed on both sides constantly plunges into black despair.
The book, published in 2003, has added pathos, as Grossman’s son was killed in the 2006 Lebanon War. Reading it is a chilling reminder that this conflict leaves no person immune.