Retrospective, by A.B. Yehoshua

Retrospective, by A.B. Yehoshua

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"Yehoshua achieves an autumnal tone as he ruminates on memory’s slippery hold on life and on art."—The New Yorker.

Winner, 2012 Prix Médicis étranger.
Winner, 2012 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger.
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.

An ageing Israeli film director has been invited to the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela for a retrospective of his work. When Yair Moses arrives, a painting over his bed triggers a distant memory from one of his early films: a scene that caused a rift with his brilliant but difficult screenwriter. Upon his 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.

Verdict: A fluid and absorbing novel of ideas; highly recommended. - Library Journal