Format Hardback and ebook
Published February 1999
Length 360 pages
ISBN 9781905559503 (ebook)
A Journey to the End of the Millennium
The year is 999 A.D. Christians in Europe are preparing themselves for the arrival of the Messiah at the millennium and religious fervour is in the air. Sailing from the North African port of Tangier to a small, distant town called Paris are a Jewish merchant, Ben Attar, his two beloved wives and his Arab partner, Abu Lutfi.
They have come for a meeting with their third partner the widower, Raphael Abulafia who has been forced to turn his back on their previous trading partnership because of his new wife’s distrust of the dual marriage of Ben Attar. The latter turns this annual trading voyage into a personal quest to legitimise his second wife, restore his honour and, equally important, to show others the richness and humanity in his way of life.
A confrontation ensues between people of different cultures whose ways of living and loving are so different, and yet who are of the same religion, believe in the same God and in the same morality. Thus we enter a profound human drama whose moral conflicts of fidelity and desire resonate deeply with our times.
A.B. Yehoshua has imaginatively recreated a medieval world with its merchant trade in great depth and sensuous detail. His evocation of one man’s love is lyrical, erotic even, and A Journey to the End of the Millennium will rank with the best of Yehoshua’s work.
'One of Yehoshua’s most fully realized works: a masterpiece.'
About A.B. Yehoshua
Born in Jerusalem in 1936, A.B. Yehoshua is the author of eleven novels, a collection of short stories, plays and essays. One of Israel’s top novelists, he has won prizes worldwide and in 2005 was shortlisted in the UK for the first Man Booker International Prize. An outspoken critic of both Israeli and Palestinian policies, A.B. Yehoshua continues to speak and work for peace.
'A.B. Yehoshua is an old-fashioned master, without stylistic pyrotechnics or needless experimentation. His chief asset is his belief in a powerful story deftly delivered.'
Times Literary Supplement
'Yehoshua is so graceful and eloquent that his work’s timeliness also succeeds, paradoxically, in making it timeless.'
The New York Times
'This is a generous, sensuous narrative, in which women adroitly manoeuvre within their inherited role, and theories of irrevocable Arab-Jewish hatred are obliquely refuted.'
Peter Vansittart, The Spectator