The Beth Am Library Has a Varied Collection of Books by Amos Oz | Congregation Beth Am

The Beth Am Library Has a Varied Collection of Books by Amos Oz

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Israeli author Amos Oz, one of the world's most widely acclaimed writers and pre-eminent voice in Israel's embattled peace movement, died on Friday, December 28, 2018, after a battle with cancer. He was 79.

In 2002, Oz's memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness, was published in Hebrew. It has been translated into 28 languages and over a million copies sold worldwide. The Beth Am Library has the English version. In this book, Oz chronicles his childhood in Jerusalem in the last days of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The love and darkness of his title refer to his mother, whose suffering from severe depression led her to take her own life when Oz was a boy. The book is an effort to describe Oz's feelings for his mother and the pain of losing her. After her death, he left home, changed his surname from Klausner to Oz (strength), and spent his teenage years on Kibbutz Hulda. A film version, directed by Natalie Portman, who also plays the role of Oz's mother, was released in 2015.

In addition to his memoir, our collection includes four of Oz's books on Israel:

  • How to Cure a Fanatic
  • In the Land of Israel
  • Israel, Palestine and Peace: Essays
  • The Slopes of Lebanon

Our novels by Oz include:

  • Black Box
  • Elsewhere Perhaps
  • My Michael (translated by Nicholas de Lange)
  • A Perfect Peace
  • The Same Sea
  • Soumchi, (a juvenile novel, illustrated by Papas, translated by Oz & Penelope Farmer)
  • To Know a Woman
  • Touch the Water Touch the Wind
  • Unto Death: Two Novellas: Crusade and Late Love

These books will be on display in the Beth Am Library. Please come in, check out a book and enjoy the work of this talented author.


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