Urgent Words

Amos Oz

21/02/2009 11:30 am
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Amos Oz has often said he writes with two pens: one for his novels, the other to expose injustices and promote peace.

Jonathan Freedland spoke to the peace activist, the man who believes it is a writer’s duty to confront iniquities no matter how uncomfortable they prove to be.

Amos Oz

Internationally acclaimed writer, Amos Oz, was born in Jerusalem in 1939 and, at the age of 15, went to live and work on a Kibbutz. He now lives in Arad, and teaches at Ben Gurion University. Oz has published numerous works of fiction and collections of essays. He is a prolific writer of articles that address the Israeli-Arab conflict and leading exponent of the Peace Now movement. A full member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language, he is the recipient of many honours and awards. Oz’s work has been translated into at least 30 languages. Most recently, A Tale of Love and Darkness, was nominated one of the ten most important books since the creation of the State of Israel.

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.

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