Fic­tion

The Ret­ro­spec­tive

A.B. Yehoshua
  • From the Publisher
March 25, 2014
An aging 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.

A search­ing and orig­i­nal nov­el by one of the world’s most esteemed writ­ers, The Ret­ro­spec­tive is a med­i­ta­tion on mor­tal­i­ty and inti­ma­cy, on the lim­its of mem­o­ry and the strug­gle of artis­tic creation.

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