A "New York Times" Editor's Choice
" Yehoshua] achieves an autumnal tone as he ruminates on memory's slippery hold on life and on art."--"The New Yorker"
"Yehoshua's stories remind us that Israeli literature. . . has] earned the right to make of ordinary lives a metaphor for such soul-destroying weariness. . . "The Retrospective"] moved me deeply."--Vivian Gornick, "The Nation" 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 and Ruth, his leading actress and longtime muse, settle into their hotel room, a painting over their bed triggers a distant memory in Moses from one of his early films: a scene that caused a rift with his brilliant but difficult screenwriter--who, as it happens, was once Ruth's lover. Upon their 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.