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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.
Amos Oz: The Conscience of Israel
Alan Yentob profiles the writer Amos Oz, in the wake of the publication of his childhood memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness taking Oz back to the settings of his childhood in Israel. Oz, a passionate advocate of the two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, grew up during the formation of Israel and his lyrical memoir describes family trauma against the backdrop of the country’s difficult early years, and the story of its founders. Amos Oz speaks movingly of his parent...
Urgent Words

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.

Rhyming Life and Death

For Amos Oz, the wrong word in a sentence is as discordant as a false note in a piece of music. Nicholas de Lange has been translating his work since 1971. Here he interviewed the novelist about his latest book, Rhyming Life and Death, their shared passion for language and literature, the pleasures and travail of writing and the very special relationship which develops between writer and translator.