Abraham B. Yehoshua was an Israeli novelist, essayist, and playwright, published as A. B. Yehoshua who was born on December 9, 1936, in Jerusalem.
The New York Times called him the “Israeli Faulkner”.
From 1954 to 1957, Yehoshua served as a paratrooper in the Israeli army. He attended Gymnasia Rehavia municipal high school in Jerusalem.
He began teaching after studying literature and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He lived in Jerusalem’s Neve Sha’anan neighborhood.
Yehoshua lived and taught in Paris and served as the General Secretary of the World Union of Jewish Students from 1963 to 1967.
He taught Comparative and Hebrew Literature at the University of Haifa from 1972, where he held the rank of Full Professor.
Yehoshua was a writer-in-residence at St Cross College, Oxford in 1975. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard (1977), the University of Chicago (1988, 1997, 2000), and Princeton (1992).
A. B. Yehoshua Parents: Yaakov Yehoshua, Malka Rosilio (Father, Mother)
Yehoshua was born to a fifth-generation Jerusalem family of Sephardi origin. His father, Yaakov Yehoshua, was a scholar and author specializing in the history of Jerusalem.
His mother, Malka Rosilio, immigrated from the French Protectorate in Morocco, France, in 1932. He grew up in Jerusalem’s Kerem Avraham neighborhood.
Yehoshua died of cancer on June 14, 2022, in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, at the age of 85.