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Backstage: A.B. Yehoshua

March 28, 2011

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The author of nine novels, three short-story collections, four plays, and four books of essays, A.B. Yehoshua has been described as “one of Israel’s world-class writers” by Saul Bellow.

In a far-ranging conversation with Paul Holdengräber,  A.B. Yehoshua looks back on his career, with a particular emphasis on a superb collection of literary essays entitled "The Terrible Power of a Minor Guilt." Yehoshua explains why we must pay close attention to the moral and ethical aspects of written texts, why in his view Literature MUST take back the authority of Morality it has forsaken, as well as addressing issues pertaining to Zionism, Diaspora, and Jewish Identity. Yehoshua will also discuss the recent adaptation of his novel the "A Woman in Jerusalem"  just released in the United States as a feature film and entitled "The Human Resources Manager."

This program is supported by the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York