The Continuing Silence of a Poet: Collected Stories / Edition 1by A. B. Yehoshua
Pub. Date: 10/28/1998
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Ironic, understated, masterly prose is the hallmark of A. B. Yehoshua's work. The ten stories collected here are representative of almost thirty years in his outstanding career. Some of his best-loved stories are included. "Three Days and a Child" is a chilling look at how a small child becomes the instrument of vengeance against his mother; "The Yatir Evening Express" tells the tragic story of remote mountain villagers who conspire to derail a train in order to have some contact with the outside world; and in the moving title story, an aging poet cannot write as the times demand, but his mentally handicapped son can. These remarkably poignant tales will touch the reader as only the best fiction can.
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A.B. Yehoshua is arguably the best of all Israeli writers of prose fiction. Though I do not know all of his work, the one work of his I know , which seems to me most powerful, moving, and beautiful is the title story of this collection. In this story in which he chronicles the relation between an aging writing and his retarded son there is a very deep sense of human connection and feeling, a sympathy with suffering , a love. This is a work of real beauty, and highly recommended.