The Liberated Bride by A. B. Yehoshua

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Yochanan Rivlin, a professor at Haifa University, is a man of boundless and often naïve curiosity. His wife, Hagit, a district judge, is tolerant of almost everything but her husband's faults and prevarications. Frequent arguments aside, they are a well-adjusted couple with two grown sons.
When one of Rivlin's students-a young Arab bride from a village in the Galilee-is assigned to help with his research in recent Algerian history, a two-pronged mystery develops. As they probe the causes of the bloody Algerian civil war, Rivlin also becomes obsessed with his son's failed marriage.
Rivlin's search leads to a number of improbable escapades. In this comedy of manners, at once deeply serious and highly entertaining, Yehoshua brilliantly portrays characters from disparate sectors of Israeli life, united above all by a very human desire for, and fear of, the truth in politics and life.


 

About A. B. Yehoshua

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Born in Jerusalem, A. B. Yehoshua is the widely acclaimed author of Mr. Mani and Open Heart. One of Israel's preeminent contemporary writers, he lives in Haifa.
 
Published October 4, 2004 by Mariner Books. 578 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Something happened in that hotel that caused the divorce, and, while Rivlin searches for the truth, he recalls his own past, attends a provocative Palestinian literary festival, and learns that Galya, who remarried, is pregnant.

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Meanwhile, an Arab graduate student of Yochanan's, whose wedding begins the narrative, seeks to earn her degree by translating the works of contemporary Arab poets collected by an Israeli scholar killed in a terrorist bombing.

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In his new novel, renowned Israeli author Yehoshua shelves discussions of Mideast politics for a more emotional reading of Israel's many divisions, exploring the delicate dance of class, race, and belief through a contemporary comedy of manners that is alternately humorous and deeply melancholy.

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