The Retrospective

Winner, Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger An aging Israeli film director has been invited to the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela for a retrospective of his work. When Yair Moses and Ruth, his leading actress and longtime muse, settle into their hotel room, a painting over their bed triggers a distant memory in Moses from one of his early films: a scene that caused a rift with his brilliant but difficult screenwriter who, as it happens, was once Ruth s lover. Upon their return to Israel, Moses decides to travel to the south to look for his elusive former partner and propose a new collaboration. But the screenwriter demands a price for it that will have strange and lasting consequences. A searching and original novel by one of the world s most esteemed writers, "The Retrospective "is a meditation on mortality and intimacy, on the limits of memory and the struggle of artistic creation....

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