Published July 2005
Length 332 pages
ISBN 9781905559466 (ebook)
In the autumn, Molkho’s wife dies. His years of loving care have ended and his newfound freedom proves unlike the one he had imagined. It is an uneasy freedom, filled with the erotic fantasies of a man who must fall in love, but whose longing for meaningful relationships is held hostage by the spirit of his wife.
Winter sees him in Berlin in a comic encounter with a legal adviser from his office in Haifa. Spring takes him to the Galilee and an impossible infatuation. Jerusalem in the summer brings another man’s wife and an extraordinary request. And the following autumn there is Nina whose yearning for her Russian home brings Molkho back to life.
Five Seasons is a subtle, unashamedly realistic novel about love and renewal, and the steadfast determination of a seasoned heart to live and love. It is A. B. Yehoshua’s third novel and has long been out of print.
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.
'Molkho’s adventures are quietly hilarious in the way Kafka is hilarious.'
The New York Times Book Review
'The novel succeeds in charting the ways in which grief and passions cannot be cheated…'
'A wonderfully engaging, exquisitely controlled, luminous work.’
Washington Post Book World
‘In this finely observed and oddly moving comic novel…Yehoshua makes us feel [Molkho’s] humanity – and deftly wins him our sympathy.’
‘one of Israel’s world-class writers’