The Final Despair – and Hope – of A.B. Yehoshua

In his final work – an enjoyable and clever, albeit slightly anemic novella – A.B. Yehoshua deals with the oppressive weight of Jewish tradition and suggests to the young generation that it stop obeying

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Avi Garfinkel
Avi Garfinkel

The novella that A.B. Yehoshua published earlier this year is a direct continuation of its immediate predecessor; at its center, too, is a Jewish only daughter who lives in a Catholic-European milieu. In it and through it, the doyen of Israel’s writers, who died on June 14, at age 85, addressed the outstanding issues that occupy Israelis: Jewish identity, the tense relations with the goyim and the conflicts between older generations and younger ones, and between religion and politics. Yehoshua excels here in particular in generating curiosity about the secret, shameful event that drives the plot and ignites a conflict that appears in almost all his works.

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