The Amos Oz Reader

The Amos Oz Reader

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The Reader draws on Oz's entire body of work, loosely grouped into four themes: the kibbutz, the city of Jerusalem, the idea of a "promised land," and his own life story. Included are excerpts from his celebrated novels, among them Where the Jackals Howl, A Perfect Peace, My Michael, Fima, Black Box, and To Know a Woman. Nonfiction is represented by selections from Under This Blazing Light, The Slopes of Lebanon, In the Land of Israel, and Oz's masterpiece, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Robert Alter, a noted Hebrew scholar and translator, has provided an illuminating introduction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156035669
  • 9780156035668
  • 434,893

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A rich and varied selection of writings from the early sixties to the present by Amos Oz, one of Israel s leading novelists, public intellectuals, and political activists.



The Amos Oz Reader draws on Oz's entire body of work and is loosely grouped into four themes: the kibbutz, the city of Jerusalem, the idea of a "promised land," and his own life story. Included are excerpts from his celebrated novels, among them Where the Jackals Howl, A Perfect Peace, My Michael, Fima, Black Box, and To Know a Woman. Nonfiction is represented by selections from Under This Blazing Light, The Slopes of Lebanon, In the Land of Israel, and Oz s masterpiece, A Tale of Love and Darkness. With an illuminating introduction by Robert Alter. Praise for A Tale of Love and Darkness





"A[n] ingenious work that circles around the rise of a state, the tragic destiny of a mother, a boy s creation of a new self." The New Yorker





"Detailed and beautiful As he writes about himself and his family, Oz is also writing part of the history of the Jews." Los Angeles Times





AMOS OZ is a prize-winning novelist and essayist whose honors include the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. Most recently, his memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness, received the Koret Jewish Book Award. He lives in Arad.





NITZA BEN-DOV is Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at Haifa University, as well as a scholar of biblical poetics.





ROBERT ALTER is an esteemed scholar and translator. His recent translations include The Book of Psalms and The Five Books of Moses.





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.,."this literary album contains striking snapshots by a gifted writer with a capacious heart and humane philosophy." "This well-organized volume reaches back to the 1960s, mixes genres, and showcases Oz's beautifully mythic prose...Fluent in social matters, Oz finds meaning in the lives of individuals, each a cosmos of pain and love. Timely and illuminating." -- Donna Seaman "Booklist" (03/15/2009) " This well-organized volume reaches back to the 1960s, mixes genres, and showcases Oz's beautifully mythic prose...Fluent in social matters, Oz finds meaning in the lives of individuals, each a cosmos of pain and love. Timely and illuminating."--Donna Seaman"Booklist" (03/15/2009) "Bringing the same intensity of engagement and passion for poetic expression to fiction and nonfiction alike, [Oz] articulates the psychological complexity beneath the armor of Israel's bellicose politics and the tragedy of its geopolitical predicament. This well-organized volume reaches back to the 1960s, mixes genres, and showcases Oz's beautifully mythic prose...Timely and illuminating."-Donna Seaman, Booklist "[T]his literary album contains striking snapshots by a gifted writer with a capacious heart and humane philosophy." -Kirkus Reviews
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This edition consists of chapters from novels, essays and political commentaries and shows the extent of Oz's work as writer and pacifist. The selected chapters from literary works depict the hard life in kibbutzes, dramatic changes in restless Jerusalem and the complex problem of the "Promised land" which divides people living in the same territory. Amos Oz is a declared pacifist trying to avoid hate and prejudices against any kind of potential enemy and writing about need of normal life to be established in the state of Israel. He disapproves any violence, aggression and war and condemns political decisions of intolerance.show more
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