The Liberated Bride (Hardcover)

By A. B. Yehoshua, Hillel Halkin (Translator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151006533, 576pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2003



Yohanan Rivlin, a professor at Haifa University, is a man of boundless and often naIve curiosity. His wife, Hagit, a district judge, is tolerant of almost everything but her husband's faults and prevarications. Frequent arguments aside, they are a well-adjusted couple with two grown sons.
When one of Rivlin's students-a young Arab bride from a village in the Galilee-is assigned to help with his research in recent Algerian history, a two-pronged mystery develops. As they probe the causes of the bloody Algerian civil war, Rivlin also becomes obsessed with his son's failed marriage.
Rivlin's search leads to a number of improbable escapades. In this comedy of manners, at once deeply serious and highly entertaining, Yehoshua brilliantly portrays characters from disparate sectors of Israeli life, united above all by a very human desire for, and fear of, the truth in politics and life.

Praise For The Liberated Bride

"A master storyteller whose tales reveal the inner life of a vital, conflicted nation."-The Wall Street Journal

"Wherever this innovative, erudite, suggestive, mysterious writer-a true master of contemporary fiction-points us, there can be no doubt, it is essential that we go."-The Washington Post