(1936 - )
Avraham B. Yehoshua, known commonly as A.B. Yehoshua, is an Israeli novelist and playwright.
Yehoshua (born December 19, 1936) was born in Jerusalem. He
studied Hebrew literature and philosophy at the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. He has taught at high-school and university levels, and taught
in Paris while living there from 1963 to 1967. He is a professor of
literature at Haifa University. Best known as a novelist and playwright,
A.B. Yehoshua is among the most widely recognized Israeli authors
Described by The New York Times as "a kind of Israeli Faulkner," A.B.
Yehoshua's writing has established him as one of Israel's foremost
authors, a novelist with a particular gift for capturing the mood of
contemporary Israel. In a style which has been called "anti-stream of
consciousness," he explores the animal instincts which threaten the
facade of civilized people and examines their isolation from each other,
their community and themselves. The Financial Times said of Five
Seasons, "the novel succeeds in charting the ways in which grief and
passions cannot be cheated." The Village Voice wrote "Yehoshua's
stories find their way right into the unconscious ... Nobel prizes have
been given for less." In the words of critic Alan Lelchuk, A.B. Yehoshua
is "trying to break through the deeper circles of feeling, to meanings
beyond the cerebral or stale."
In 2005, he was voted the 77th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Yediot Ahronoth.
Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wikipedia