David Grossman’s “The Desire to Be Gisella”

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In his essay, “The Desire to be Gisella,” Grossman ponders the root of our fear of the “other” in ourselves and in those we love, and he thinks of authorship as a mad rebellion against this fear.


David Grossman, “The Desire to be Gisella.” Writing in the Dark, Essays on Politics and Literature. Translated by Jessica Cohen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

1 comment on “David Grossman’s “The Desire to Be Gisella”

  1. Rikki Schoenthal says:

    I loved the text that was read, but I feel it was not read well at all in terms of how words and phrases were emphasized, pauses, etc. A pity;

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