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Judas (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 04/05/2017
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2017 Amos Oz's first major novel in a decade - since A Tale of Love and Darkness, which sold over 2 million copies worldwide Shmuel - a young, idealistic student - has abandoned his studies in Jerusalem, taking a live-in job as a companion to a cantankerous old man. But Shmuel quickly becomes obsessed with the taciturn Atalia, a woman of enchanting beauty, who also lives in the house. As the household's tangled, tragic past becomes apparent, so too does story behind the birth of the state of Israel. Journeying back into the deep past, Judas is a love story like no other by a master storyteller at the height of his powers.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784701956
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


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"Judas is many-layered, thought-provoking and - in its love story - delicate as a chrysalis, this is an old-fashioned novel of ideas that is strikingly and compellingly modern." -- Peter Stanford * Observer *
"A very absorbing addition to his remarkable oeuvre" -- Andrew Motion * Guardian *
"This book is compassionate as well as painfully provocative, a contribution to some sort of deeper listening to the dissonances emerging from deep within the politics and theology of Israel and Palestine." -- Rowan Williams * New Statesman *
"After almost two dozen books that track changes in both heart and state with untiring strength and subtlety, the Israeli master has delivered one of the boldest of all his works... Nicholas de Lange, Oz's distinguished translator, steers these virtuoso transitions between debate and domesticity with unerring skill... Oz can imagine, and inhabit, treachery of every stripe. But he keeps faith with the art of fiction." -- Boyd Tonkin * Financial Times *
"A big, beautiful novel... Funny, wise and provoking." -- Kate Saunders * The Times *
"challenging, complex and strangely compelling... The ideas at the novel's centre have great vitality and force. The philosophical passages bristle with linguistic energy, scriptural references and dense detail, vividly conveyed in Nicholas de Lange's translation." -- Eva Hoffman * Spectator *
"It is rich in material to grapple with. Oz engages with urgent questions while retaining his right as a novelist to fight shy of answers: it's a mark of his achievement that the result isn't frustrating but tantalising." -- Anthony Cummins * Daily Telegraph *
"A masterpiece: command of the word, mastery of construct, the ability to stimulate all the senses of the reader." * La Reppublica *
"Judas is a rich and thrilling novel, one of the most interesting books published this year." * Haaretz *
"Amos Oz belongs to the great authors of world literature" * Suddeutsche Zeitung *

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“Outstanding”

One of the best books I've read this year. "Judas" by Oz is properly stunning - essentially a three-hander exploring Judaism and Christianity, belief and conflict, with poise and an abundance of... More

Paperback edition
2 similar books recommended
21st May 2017
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“An examination of the history of Israel”

The title suggests what the subject matter is going to be. So the first line that tells you that the story is set in the winter of 1959 takes you by the surprise. Shmuel Ash is writing his thesis on Jewish... More

Paperback edition
11th August 2017
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“Thought-provoking and masterful”

This is my first read by Amor Oz, who is (although I didn't realise it at the time) a hugely prolific author. I found it hard to get into, and would probably not have believed you at the start if you told me I... More

Hardback edition
17th July 2017
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