The Retrospective

The Retrospective

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Winner, 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 38mm | 539.99g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0547496966
  • 9780547496962
  • 1,083,840

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"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"
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148 ratings
3.39 out of 5 stars
5 18% (26)
4 29% (43)
3 34% (51)
2 14% (20)
1 5% (8)
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