A Tale of Love and Darkness

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Harcourt, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 538 pages
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Winner of the National Jewish Book AwardInternational Bestseller"[An] ingenious work that circles around the rise of a state, the tragic destiny of a mother, a boy’s creation of a new self." —The New Yorker

A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history.A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation. "One of the most enchanting and deeply satisfying books that I have read in many years." —New Republic

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At times this book felt like a very long slog through the mire of a sad, hopeful, misunderstood at times, young man's life- which in some ways is not unlike the state of Israel and its emergence as a ... Read full review

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Another pivotal book in my understanding of the history of the Jews. Anyone who reads this book will understand and be an ally of Israel. The memoir is just incredibly tender and brilliant. Read full review

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AMOS OZ was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe Prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village Life , a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Mediterranee Etranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. Nicholas de Lange is a professor at the University of Cambridge and a renowned translator. He has translated Amos Oz's work since the 1960s.

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