Israeli writer Avraham Yehoshua is dead

Israeli writer Avraham Yehoshua is dead
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Israeli author Avraham Yehoshua, winner of the Medici Foreign Prize in 2012 and figure of the Israeli anti-occupation left, died at the age of 85, announced Tuesday, June 14, the Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv. Born in Jerusalem in December 1936 to parents of Greek and Moroccan origin, he published his first short stories in 1963. Since then, his novels and plays have been translated from Hebrew into more than 30 languages, including French.

In 1995, he received the Israel Prize, the most important cultural recognition in the country. And in 2012, he won the Prix Médicis in the foreign books category for Retrospective (Grasset), translated from the Hebrew by Jean-Louis Allouche.

For Nitza Ben-Dov, professor of literature at the University of Haifa (north) who taught alongside her, Yehoshua was the “greatest author” of Israel. “He went from surreal stories full of daydreams, disconnected from time and space, to works rooted in Israeli culture and the present”, she told Agence France-Presse. Avraham Yehoshua’s later works were steeped in psychology, influenced by his psychoanalyst wife, according to Mme Ben Dov.

“Warm and open”eager for recognition, he could also be biting in the face of his interlocutors, according to Mme Ben Dov. “He was a complex man, whose attitude towards the world was ambivalent. His awareness of the complexity of man, which he drew from his own experience, made his work plural”she still greeted.

Member of the NGO B’Tselem

A defender of Palestinian rights, Yehoshua was a member of B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization and fervent opponent of the occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel. This association greeted, on Tuesday, a man who “devoted his time and energy to equality, peace and human rights for all”.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog also paid tribute to him. The work of the writer “was inspired by our homeland and the cultural treasures of our people, depicting us in a fine portrait, faithful, compassionate and sometimes reflecting a painful image of ourselves”he said in a statement. “He evoked in us a mosaic of deep feelings”he added.

Avraham Yehoshua is to be buried Wednesday at the Ein Carmel cemetery in northern Israel.

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The World with AFP

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