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AB Yehoshua, an Israeli literary giant as respected as he is criticized

AB Yehoshua, an Israeli literary giant as respected as he is criticized

Died on the night of Monday June 13 to Tuesday June 14 in Tel-Aviv after having fought for several years against cancer, A. B. Yehoshua, was “one of the most famous Israeli writers”, writes the Israeli daily Maariv.

Full name Avraham Gavriel Yehoshua, the writer was born in 1936 into a Sephardic family from Palestine who had been established in Jerusalem for five generations and hailed from the multi-ethnic Macedonian Ottoman metropolis of Salonika – now Thessaloniki, Greece.

“Started in 1963 with the publication of the short story The Death of the Old [non traduite en français] and ended in 2022 with the publication of the novel The Third Temple [non traduit en français]his literary work, which also included several political essays and children’s stories, will have embraced no less than six decades”, affirms Maariv. His work was crowned in 1995 by the Israel Prize for Literature, and he was “several times tipped for the Nobel Prize for Literature”.

Fact, in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonotcultural columnist Ran Boker evoked “the international echo met by the work of A. B. Yehoshua with regard to the numerous distinctions […] received abroad, including the Prix Médicis Etranger awarded in Paris in 2012”.

Moreover, continues the journalist of Yediot Aharonot, many of his novels and short stories have been adapted

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