Amos Oz: A Tribute
Fania Oz-Salzberger, Nicholas de Lange, Simon Schama
Chair: Jonathan Freedland
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Amos Oz, celebrated Israeli author, wrote over 30 novels and short stories, widely translated from the Hebrew, poignant expressions of the human condition. He was an ardent advocate for peace, who wrote passionately on the scourge of extremism. Oz famously said, ‘We can fold all the moral imperatives, the Ten Commandments, and the human virtues, into a single commandment: Thou shalt not inflict pain. That is all. Do not hurt.’
His daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger, joined by his translator Nicholas de Lange, Simon Schama and Jonathan Freedland, discuss his life, legacy and inestimable contribution to international culture.
Nicholas de Lange has translated seventeen books by Amos Oz, most recently Judas, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017. These translations have themselves been translated into many other languages. He has also translated books by other Modern Hebrew authors, notably A.B. Yehoshua and S. Yizhar.
Sir Simon Schama is a renowned author, journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter. He is Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University.
Fania Oz-Salzberger is an Israeli historian and writer, Professor of History at the University of Haifa, School of Law and Centre for German and European Studies Her books include Translating the Enlightenment, Israelis in Berlin and, with her father Amos Oz, Jews and Words. She has written extensively on the history of ideas, the Enlightenment, Israeli-European relations, and Jewish origins of modern political thought.
Jonathan Freedland is a weekly columnist and writer for the Guardian, presents BBC Radio 4’s The Long View and was recipient of the 2014 Orwell Prize. He also writes thrillers under the name Sam Borne.