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Israelis You Should Know: A.B. Yehoshua

A.B. Yehoshua (Photo: wikicommons/מרדכי קרניאל)

Name: A.B. Yehoshua

Age: 79

About him: A.B. Yehoshua is an Israeli writer of novels, essays, and plays.

Abraham B. Yehoshua was born in Jerusalem during the British-mandate era. His father was a fourth-generation Jerusalemite and scholar of the Holy City. His mother, a Moroccan Jew, had made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) a few years before his birth.

Yehoshua served as a paratrooper in the IDF from 1954 to 1957. After his military service he studied literature and philosophy at Hebrew University.

Teaching in Israel after college, Yehoshua then taught in Paris in the 1960s, also serving as the General Secretary of the World Union of Jewish Students. Moving back to the Holy Land, he has been a professor at the University of Haifa since 1972, also teaching as a visiting professor at such institutions as Oxford, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago.

But it is Yehoshua's writing for which he is best known. Over the course of his career, he has published eleven novels, three short story collections, four plays, and four books of essays, and has been dubbed by the New York Times, "the Israeli Faulkner." Yehoshua and his wife Rivka have three children, six grandchildren, and live proudly in their homeland, Israel.

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