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A husband's search for his wife's lover, lost amid the turbulence of the Yom Kippur War, is the heart of this dreamlike novel. Writing from the widely different perspectives of the main characters, Yehoshua explores the realities and consequences of the affair and the search, laying bare deep-rooted tensions. He manages to capture both modern-day Israel and its ancient past in addition to creating intensely human protagonists.
Critical of Israeli society and the way in which Zionism has been distorted, this novel was both highly controversial and a spectacular bestseller in Israel, bringing international acclaim to its remarkable author.