Member of the ICORN Council of Writers and Experts, David Grossman is working with Boualem Sansal, an awardwinning Algerian writer who came under harsh criticism for visiting Jerusalem earlier this year, launching a writers' drive for peace, which calls among other things for a halt to the "inhuman and immoral" situation in Israel.
Supported by the City of Strasbourg, the Council of Europe and some of international literature's most respected names including Claudio Magris, Antonio Lobo Antunes, Liao Yiwu and Elfride Jelinek, the authors presented their appeal at the closing session of the World Forum for Democracy on Thursday 11 October.
During Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October, the appeal will be launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair. An increasing numbers of writers are signing up, and in an interview with the Guardian, Boualem Sansal believes hundreds of writers will join the cause over the coming months. "In the long term I think we can change things, in the short term not really - it needs three centuries to change things. But if there are writers from many countries who are part of this, then I think that can help.."