A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

International Bestseller

"[An] 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

A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation. "One of the most enchanting and deeply satisfying books that I have read in many years." — New Republic
 

About Amos Oz

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Amos Oz was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village Life, a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.
 
Published November 1, 2005 by Mariner Books. 560 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“Almost everyone in Jerusalem in those days,” writes novelist Oz (The Same Sea, 2001, etc.) of the 1940s, “was either a poet or a writer or a researcher or a thinker or a scholar or a world reformer.” Oz’s uncle Joseph Klausner, for instance, kept a 25,000-volume library in every conceivable lang...

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Amos Oz's memoir simultaneously mourns the violent deaths of a parent and of a socialist-Zionist dream.

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Amos Oz's memoir simultaneously mourns the violent deaths of a parent and of a socialist-Zionist dream.

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Amos Oz's memoir simultaneously mourns the violent deaths of a parent and of a socialist-Zionist dream.

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A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz 448pp, Chatto & Windus, £16.99 Some time in the night between Saturday and Sunday the fifth and sixth of January, 1952, Amos Oz's mother ended her life in her sister's flat on Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, overdosing on medication prescribed to treat her ...

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Linda Grant Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "Of all the terrible questions that Alice is asked in Wonderland, the most terrible is puffed out by the hookah-smoking Caterpillar: ‘Who Are You?’ … To the impossible question of the Caterpillar, Oz answers with a multitude of reflections, each one e...

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New York Magazine

If one of the goals of young Israel was to jettison all traces of a disastrous past, it failed—such, at least, would be the verdict of one of its most famous writers, Amos Oz.

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Project MUSE

Each of these writers, reflecting on his position as a native-born "Eretz-Israeli" Jew to Eastern European immigrants within an imminent Israeli landscape, plays with the expectations heaped upon him—the embodiment of the Zionist ideal—against a backdrop of longing (as in Yizhar's case) or ambiva...

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