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A Woman in Jerusalem (original 2004; edition 2007)

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

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Title:A Woman in Jerusalem
Authors:A. B. Yehoshua
Other authors:Hillel Halkin (Translator)
Info:Mariner Books (2007), Paperback, 256 pages
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A Woman in Jerusalem by A. B. Yehoshua (2004)

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Parlare di ‘risorse umane’ anziché di ‘personale’ è una delle piccole ipocrisie linguistiche del nostro tempo. Chi è chiamato a dirigere un ufficio simile deve avere un po’ di pelo sullo stomaco, e il protagonista di questo romanzo, innominato come tutti gli altri personaggi vivi, non fa differenza. E’ antipatizzante da subito:ha voluto l’intestazione di cui al titolo ma i dipendenti sono solo numeri, il desiderio del padrone è sacro, la ex-moglie lo odia, la figlia gli preferisce due appena conosciuti, lui draga i pub alla ricerca di compagnia. La morte di un’immigrata addetta alle pulizie – da lui assunta ma del tutto dimenticata malgrado la donna non passi inosservata – e l’indagine che gli impongono di condurre lo costringono a scorgere le proprie inadeguatezze e ad iniziare un percorso alla ricerca di un barlume di umanità. L’assunto è interessante, lo svolgimento a volte un po’ meno: se tutta la parte ambientata a Gerusalemme è affascinante, quando l’azione si sposta nel Paese natale della dipendente morta il racconto mostra alcune battute a vuoto e forzature. In questa parte la scrittura - che di per sè, con un incedere lento e meditabondo, comunica una certa freddezza - non aiuta: circondato da comprimari che sono poco più che bozzetti, il protagonista rimane in fondo un egoista che utilizza i destini altrui per la propria espiazione. Così, una volta giunti all’ultima pagina lo si abbandona volentieri, chiudendo con una sensazione di incompiutezza un romanzo bello ma da cui ci si sarebbe aspettati di più. ( )
  catcarlo | Oct 8, 2014 |
I read this a second time for book group and of course found it clearer. I also was much more aware of the metaphors, but still am not sure of the overall metaphor. The book tells us a lot about humanity without being didactic. ( )
  suesbooks | Sep 26, 2013 |
I read this book many years ago as a young woman and loved it. Now many years later, it still is a wonderful story of a young girl growing up surrounded by poverty but maintaining an innocence of heart. There is not one ounce of cynicism in Francie's entire body; something that is rare today.

I read many of the negative reviews from young people who have been required to read the book. It is so difficult for them to get past the differences of today's age and then; however, hopefully some will have inspiring teachers who will be able to get them through the details enough in order to see the universal story of perseverance and strength of family.

This book is not a page turner, has dated dialogue and writing style, and is probably not for everyone. However, it is a warm, pleasant, inspiring read that should at least be tasted. ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 17, 2013 |
Brilliant treatment of a man on a mission to find out who the victim of a suicide bomber really is. Brings a modern sensibility to a classic topic: what becomes of the nameless lost to senseless war? ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
This is a thought-provoking book that will probably keep me thinking about it long after this reading. A woman was killed in a terrorist bombing incident in Jerusalem. The only clue to her identity is a pay stub, bearing her payroll ID number instead of her name. When the employers didn't come looking for her, a reporter came looking for them. They discovered that although she was still on payroll. The bakery's owner has the human resources manager investigate and then take care of handling details with the victim's family to try to avoid additional negative press. The plot takes interesting turns along the way. One of the most intriguing things about the novel is that the victim is about the only person with a name. Normally this would be confusing to a reader, but I never confused characters as I was reading. A very unusual and intriguing book! ( )
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The enormous weight of Jerusalem as metaphor is everywhere in Yehoshua’s fiction; and can be found again, and powerfully, in his remarkable new book, “A Woman in Jerusalem.”

This novel has about it the force and deceptive simplicity of a masterpiece: terse (or relatively so, given that Yehoshua’s novels are often long), eminently readable but resonantly dense.
 

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Halkin, HillelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shomroni, AlessandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the memory of our friend Dafna who was killed in a terrorist attack on Mount Scopus in the summer of 2002.
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Even though the manager of the human resources division had not sought such a mission, now, in the softly radiant morning, he grasped its unexpected significance.
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A woman in her forties is a victim of a suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market. Her body lies nameless in a hospital morgue. She had apparently worked as a cleaning woman at a bakery, but there is no record of her employment. When a Jerusalem daily accuses the bakery of "gross negligence and inhumanity toward an employee," the bakery’s owner, overwhelmed by guilt, entrusts the task of identifying and burying the victim to a human resources man. This man is at first reluctant to take on the job, but as the facts of the woman’s life take shape—she was an engineer from the former Soviet Union, a non-Jew on a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and, judging by an early photograph, beautiful—he yields to feelings of regret, atonement, and even love.

At once profoundly serious and highly entertaining, A. B. Yehoshua astonishes us with his masterly, often unexpected turns in the story and with his ability to get under the skin and into the soul of Israel today.

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A woman in her forties is a victim of a suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market. Her body lies nameless in a hospital morgue. She had apparently worked as a cleaning woman at a bakery, but there is no record of her employment. When a Jerusalem daily accuses the bakery of "gross negligence and inhumanity toward an employee," the bakery's owner, overwhelmed by guilt, entrusts the task of identifying and burying the victim to a human resources man. This man is at first reluctant to take on the job, but as the facts of the woman's life take shape--she was an engineer from the former Soviet Union, a non-Jew on a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and, judging by an early photograph, beautiful--he yields to feelings of regret, atonement, and even love.--From publisher description.… (more)

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