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Doubleday 1999 0385488823 / 9780385488822 First Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A tight clean first edition/printing, protected in a new brodart wrapper, n ot price clipped/ex library or a book of the month edition. A Journey to the End of the Millennium. The year is 999 and the protagonis t is Ben Attar, a North African Jewish merchant who has, for many years, be en in profitable partnership with his nephew Abulafia and a Muslim trader n amed Abu Lutfi. But when Abulafia marries a German Jew who disapproves of h is uncle's two wives, the partnership is suddenly dissolved and Ben Attar f inds himself out of business. Abulafia's repudiation of his uncle sets the stage for Ben Attar's journey into the heart of Europe at the turn of the millennium. Accompanied by a rabbi, both his wives, and Abu Lutfi, our hero sails to Paris, where he hopes to persuade his nephew's wife that his marriage to two women is both legally and morally permissible. Yehoshua's tale is more than just a travelog through the Europe of the 10th century; it is also a meditation on religion, law, and the differences between the European Sephardic tradition and that of the Middle Eastern Ashkenazic Jews--differences that echo the current social and ideological conflicts within Israel today. 
Price: 2900.00 JPY
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