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Five Seasons

A. B. Yehoshua, Hillel Halkin (Translated by)


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In the autumn, Molkho's wife dies and his years of loving attention are ended. But his newfound freedom is filled with the erotic fantasies of a man who must fall in love. Winter sees him away to the operas of Berlin and a comic tryst with a legal advisor who has a sprained ankle. Spring takes him to Galilee and an underage Indian girl. Jerusalem in the summer presents him with an offer from an old classmate to seduce his infertile wife. And the next autumn it is Nina (if only they spoke the same language!), whose yearning for her Russian home leads Molkho back to life.

Five Seasons is a finely nuanced, unabashedly realistic novel that provides immense reading pleasure.

Praise For Five Seasons

"A wonderfully engaging, exquisitely controlled, luminous work." -The Washington Post Book World

"[An] extraordinary novel . . . A masterpiece."-Los Angeles Times

"Fiction that matters. Yehoshua continues to give us evidence in abundance that his reign as one of Israel's most distinguished writers is likely to be a long one indeed."-The Philadelphia Inquirer

Mariner Books, 9780156010894, 372pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2004

About the Author

A. B. YEHOSHUA is the author of numerous novels, including Mr. Mani, Five Seasons, The Liberated Bride, and A Woman in Jerusalem. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages, and he has received many awards worldwide, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

An author, journalist, and internationally reknowned, awarding-winning translator, Hillel Halkin has translated several novels from Hebrew into English.