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    DescriptionWinner, Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger 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.

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    The Retrospective
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Abraham B Yehoshua
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    ISBN 13: 9780547496962
    ISBN 10: 0547496966

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    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
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    DC22: 892.436, 892.4/36
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC046000, FIC019000
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    LC classification: PJ5054.Y42 H4713 2013
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
    Publication date
    05 March 2013
    Review quote
    "Yehoshua's intelligent and refined novel. . . about an aging Israeli director reviewing both his films and his life. . . recalls once again Faulkner's famous dictum that 'the past isn't dead. It isn't even past.'" --"Kirkus" (starred review) "Fascinating...beautiful."-"Ha'ir", Israel "An ambitious, engrossing, playfully testamentary novel" -- "Moment""With beautiful wordsmanship, Yehoshua entangles dignity and humiliation, repugnance and rapture, showing us how difficult they become to distinguish." --"Booklist""In his inimitable style, Yehoshua crafts a powerful allegory of modern Israeli Jewish identity." - "Ha'aretz" "A study of the contested sources of Israeli identity" -- "Tablet" "Resolutely realistic" -- "The Los Angeles Review of Books" "Yehoshua delivers a stunning explanation of the ethics of art...A fluid and absorbing novel of ideas; highly recommended." -- "Library Journal", starred "An elegant and graceful translation...intelligent and refined." -- "Kirkus", starred "Richly plotted" -- "The Jewish Week" "Yehoshua is one of Israel's most highly acclaimed writers, and 'The Retrospective' showcases the author at his finest. He offers a compelling study of character, and a powerful meditation on personal pain and loss, memory, regret, and atonement....a carefully observed portrait of a country in a perpetual state of conflict." -"The Jewish Daily Forward" "Filled with detailed and realistic descriptions even as myth and memory are explored, The Retrospective is deeply satisfying, rich sto- rytelling from this outstand- ing Israeli writer." -- The Chicago Jewish Star "Achieves an autumnal tone as he ruminates on memory's slippery hold on life and on art." -- "The New Yorker"