Novelist, essayist and playwright A.B. Yehoshua has been dubbed, together with Amos Oz and David Grossman ‘one of the three tenors of Israeli literature’. Hear this literary titan present his latest novel exploring identity, ageing, family, secrets and spies.
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Saul Bellow said, ‘I have tried to fit my soul into the Jewish-writer category, but it does not feel comfortably accommodated there.’ To many of us, Bellow and authors such as Philip Roth are quintessentially Jewish writers. But does the concept of a Jewish writer even exist? Four of our greatest living – and ‘Jewish’ – writers discuss the notion.
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א. ב. יהושע ישוחח עם הקהל על ספרו אש ידידותית הנוגע בלב ההוויה הישראלית: שכול, אובדן משמעות והחיפוש אחריה במחוזות רחוקים ובלתי צפויים. כמו בספריו הקודמים מעלה יהושע לדיון שאלות נוקבות ביחס לחברה הישראלית, גולה, מולדת, ספרות וסופר.
At the core of Yehoshua’s novel, Friendly Fire, is the pointless death of a young soldier, the actual meaning of military terminology and the devastating effect it has on his family. An insightful exploration of relationships and of Israeli society today. Yehoshua spoke to Lyse Doucet about the role of literature and the writer in Israel as well as his hopes and fears for the future.
AB Yehoshua, one of Israel’s foremost writers and public intellectuals, considers how Jewish culture is now reflected through the prism of contemporary Israeli society. What are the cultural consequences of Israel’s recent social and political upheavals?
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AB Yehoshua is as creative, humorous and provocative as ever in The Extra, exploring themes familiar to him of love, family relationships and artistic ambitions, set mainly in an ever-changing Jerusalem. Journalist Oliver Kamm chairs.
In association with the New Israel Fund and Halban Publishers.