A Woman in Jerusalem by A. B. Yehoshua

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A woman in her forties is a victim of a suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market. Her body lies nameless in a hospital morgue. She had apparently worked as a cleaning woman at a bakery, but there is no record of her employment. When a Jerusalem daily accuses the bakery of "gross negligence and inhumanity toward an employee," the bakery’s owner, overwhelmed by guilt, entrusts the task of identifying and burying the victim to a human resources man. This man is at first reluctant to take on the job, but as the facts of the woman’s life take shape—she was an engineer from the former Soviet Union, a non-Jew on a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and, judging by an early photograph, beautiful—he yields to feelings of regret, atonement, and even love.

At once profoundly serious and highly entertaining, A. B. Yehoshua astonishes us with his masterly, often unexpected turns in the story and with his ability to get under the skin and into the soul of Israel today.


About A. B. Yehoshua

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A. B. YEHOSHUA is one of Israel's preeminent writers. His novels include A Journey to the End of the Millenium, The Liberated Bride, and A Woman in Jerusalem, which was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2007. He lives in Haifa. An author, journalist, and internationally reknowned, awarding-winning translator, Hillel Halkin has translated several novels from Hebrew into English.
Published August 6, 2007 by Mariner Books. 260 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In A. B. Yehoshua’s novel, a corpse is carried to a far-off former Soviet republic.

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Publishers Weekly

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Israel's master novelist (Mr. Mani ) tells a spellbinding tale about a spellbinding woman whose luminous smile, swan's neck and Tatar eyes are so beguiling that even in death she can lead a man to fall in love with her.

Jun 12 2006 | Read Full Review of A Woman in Jerusalem

Entertainment Weekly

Hillel Halkin's translation from Hebrew feels stiff at times, yet A Woman in Jerusalem's poignancy lies in its protagonist's overwhelming desire to pay respect to someone he never knew.

Aug 09 2006 | Read Full Review of A Woman in Jerusalem

Deseret News

A most unusual novel, "A Woman in Jerusalem" is the seemingly simple story of a woman in her 40s who is a victim in a suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market.

Aug 20 2006 | Read Full Review of A Woman in Jerusalem

The Jewish Chronicle

It is a sad book about lonely, decent people living in hard times But hidden away between the lines of Yehoshua's quiet novel, something else is going on.

Nov 04 2011 | Read Full Review of A Woman in Jerusalem

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