Amos Oz

Amos Oz was Israel’s best-known novelist. Through numerous short stories, novels and essays, Oz described a world often at odds with the optimism of the nascent nation state, his writing focused on his immediate geography and situation. Oz’s first published work arrived in 1965 – the collection of tales Where the Jackals Howl – and 1968 saw print of his My Michael, the novel that properly established his reputation as a true chronicler of the Israeli kibbutz experience. “I wanted to become a simple, dumb tractor driver,” he told the New Yorker. “But I began to write secretly. I couldn’t resist it.”

Balancing his writing with his long-held, passionate belief in a two-state solution with Palestine, Oz continued to map out the complexities of life in contemporary Israel, his search for truth bursting to the surface in the 2002 autobiographical novel A Tale of Love and Darkness. Here, Oz finally confronts the tragic act which shaped his entire life: the suicide of his mother when the author was just 12 years old. The book rapidly became a literary blockbuster and firmly established Oz as one of the world’s great writing talents, scoring a dizzying roster of awards and prizes. Later work included 2009’s Scenes from Village Life and 2014’s much-feted Judas. “Fundamentalists live life with an exclamation point,” he said. “I prefer to live my life with a question mark.”

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Where The Jackals Howl
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Elsewhere, Perhaps
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My Michael
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Unto Death
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Touch the Water, Touch the Wind
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The Hill Of Evil Counsel
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Soumchi
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A Perfect Peace
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Black Box
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To Know A Woman
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Fima
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Don't Call It Night
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Panther In The Basement
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The Same Sea
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A Tale Of Love And Darkness
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Rhyming Life and Death
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Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest
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Between Friends
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