A Journey to the End of the Millennium - A Novel of the Middle Ages
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A Journey to the End of the Millennium - A Novel of the Middle Ages by Abraham B. Yehoshua
In the waning months of the year 999, Ben Attar, a wealthy Jew from Tangiers, sets sails for Paris. Armed with his two wives, his Muslim trading partner, and an Andalusian Rabbi, Ben Attar undertakes the expedition to salvage his relationship with his beloved nephew Abulafia. The estranged young man has settled in Paris with his bride, a cunning woman from a family of renowned Jewish scholars in Ashkenaz. Her moral repulsion for Ben Attar's bigamy—common in his world, unheard of in hers—has alienated Abulafia from Ben Attar.
In a compelling narrative rich with the sights and smells of the Mediterranean and Medieval Europe, Yehoshua powerfully dramatizes this intellectual and religious showdown between northern and southern Jews, one full of moral decrees, human desire, and heartbreak.
Jewish, Middle Ages, Mediterranean
Fiction | Jewish Studies
Yehoshua, Abraham B., "A Journey to the End of the Millennium - A Novel of the Middle Ages" (2008). Jewish Studies Sunday Book & Discussion Group. 5.