The Retrospective by A. B. Yehoshua

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In “The Retrospective,” that giant is more shadowy, rumbling from a greater distance, apprehended in legends and half-forgotten narratives.
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Winner, Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger

An aging Israeli film director has been invited to the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela for a retrospective of his work. When Yair Moses and Ruth, his leading actress and longtime muse, settle into their hotel room, a painting over their bed triggers a distant memory in Moses from one of his early films: a scene that caused a rift with his brilliant but difficult screenwriter—who, as it happens, was once Ruth’s lover. Upon their return to Israel, Moses decides to travel to the south to look for his elusive former partner and propose a new collaboration. But the screenwriter demands a price for it that will have strange and lasting consequences.

A searching and original novel by one of the world’s most esteemed writers, The Retrospective is a meditation on mortality and intimacy, on the limits of memory and the struggle of artistic creation.

 

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.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Mariner Books. 354 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Robert Pinsky on Mar 29 2013

In “The Retrospective,” that giant is more shadowy, rumbling from a greater distance, apprehended in legends and half-forgotten narratives.

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Reviewed by Ted on Mar 05 2013

"... The Retrospective is reminiscent of the short, later novels of his slightly older American contemporary Philip Roth that focus on a single character’s situation and inner life. Readers who enjoyed Roth’s Everyman might enjoy The Retrospective.

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