Amos Oz: A Tribute

Fania Oz-Salzberger, Nicholas De Lange, Simon Schama

Chair: Jonathan Freedland

26/02/2019 8:00 pm
Kings Place, Hall 1

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

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.

Simon Schama

Simon Schama is Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. A writer, journalist and broadcaster, he has written and presented 40 films for the BBC, including The Story of the Jews (based on his two-volume work of the same name), Citizens and Rough Crossings. He recently curated The Face of Britain for the National Portrait Gallery and created the book and television series of the same name.

Fania Oz-Salzberger

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 EnlightenmentIsraelis in Berlinand, 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

Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, where he is executive editor, Opinion. He is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series The Long View and has also written seven books.