The story opens in
Jerusalem sometime during the "Second Intifada" (that began in September 2000 and
arguably has not yet ended). Our unnamed protagonist finds himself charged
with repatriating the body of a former low-level employee who has been killed
in a suicide bombing to an unnamed former
Soviet country, and thus starts a somewhat surreal journey which provides Yehoshua a stage on which to muse on big themes such as identity, family and
home, and our moral obligations to others.
I was thrown a little off kilter when first reading A Woman in Jerusalem, firstly by the writing style that retained a certain "foreignness" in its translation, but mostly because the title led me to believe that this would be a novel about Jerusalem, whereas the city was incidental to the storyline. With a few changes here and there the story could have been located in almost any ...
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