A. B. Yehoshua, Leading Israeli National Writer, Dies


Abraham B. Yehoshua is one of the leading Israeli contemporary writers with ranks of Amos Oz and D. Grossman.


A. B. Yehoshua was born in Jerusalem in 1936 as a fifth-generation Israeli Sephardi to a father, a Middle East historian, and a mother, an immigrant from Morocco in the 20s.

After the military service, he mastered philosophy and Hebrew literature in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and taught Hebrew literature and comparative literature in the University of Haifa in the northern Israel for many years, and became the professor emeritus in the department of literature of the same university. In his early years, he released short and medium-length works with a strong allegorical quality, and from the late 1970s onward, he began to produce full-length works. Many of his works have been made into theatrical plays and films.


As an elder of the Israeli literary community as well as an opinion leader, A. B. Yehoshua has contributed to the international reputation of Israeli literature by disseminating his work both in Israel and abroad, and by portraying a human figure that captures the discordant situation of living in a land filled with moral and political difficulties.

He died of cancer in Tel Aviv on June 14, 2022 at the age 85.


He visited Japan in 2012 and gave a lecture at the University of Tokyo.

The Japanese translation of his works is "Autumn in Jerusalem" (translated by Natsuu Motai, Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2006).  


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