BookBrowse Reviews A Woman in Jerusalem by A B. Yehoshua

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A Woman in Jerusalem

by A B. Yehoshua

A Woman in Jerusalem
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    Aug 2006, 256 pages
    Aug 2007, 256 pages

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A moving, unsentimental reckoning with death and renewal. Novel

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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