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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st Canto Edition edition (13 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521576229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521576222
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,893,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a highly illuminating perspective on Zionism, Socialism, Judaism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...these insightful essays from a major Israeli author are long overdue. Highly recommended..." Library Journal

"...Oz reveals the prescience of his early political, literary, and philosophical views, which recent events have shown to be remarkably clear sighted." Reform Judaism

"Under This Blazing Light by Amos Oz is a wondrous collection of essays that brilliantly reveal to us the heart and mind of one of the great writers of our time." Chaim Potok

"Though written in the 1960s and '70s, these searching essays by Israeli novelist and peace activist Oz are remarkably fresh and timely." Publishers Weekly

"Adapted from articles, interviews, and lectures from the 1960s and 70s, this is a provocative collection on Israeli society by one of the country's foremost novelists....Whether these musings touch upon the kibbutz, Israeli literature, or his early years in Jerusalem, Oz captivates the reader with his elegantly poetic voice." Kirkus Reviews

"Although these essays were written in the 1960s and 1970s, the fears expressed in them still exist, but the hopes they describe now seem a little closer to reality." Booklist

"This collection of political, personal and literary pieces by one of Israel's most celebrated novelists is an unmitigated delight...Oz gives us a discreet and charming collection of his writings." Ben Ishtov, Jewish Frontier

"By critiquing several well-known Jewish writers and thinkers, Oz gives the reader an insight into the influences on his frame of mind...while providing a highly illuminating perspective on Zionism, Socialism, Judaism, and the Israeli- Palestinian conflict...these useful essays from a major Israeli author are long overdue. Highly recommended for previous fans..." Charles A. Weiss, Library Journal

"...the essays present Oz's spellbinding versatility in an attractive and large enough manner to include most of his esthetic and intellectual merits." Yair Mazor, World Literature Today

"This collection of essays reveals the personal and political thoughts of Israel's novelist and give perspective to the author's own experiences and development." Shofar

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This collection – published here in English for the first time – brings together a number of political, personal and literary pieces by Israel's most celebrated living novelist. Their refreshing blend of scepticism and idealism will attract new readers while delighting those already familiar with Oz's writings.

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Some months ago, when Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation recognised each other, I had a vivid recollection of the night of 14-15 May 1948, when Israel declared its independence. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Harris on 18 Oct. 2010
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A fine collection of essays on a wide variety of topics. Israel's finest writer is always refreshing.
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Oz as Thinker 19 Feb. 2008
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Besides being a novelist of great talent and dexterity, Amos Oz is a thinker of no little subtlety. This collection of pieces, Under This Blazing Light, were mainly written from the 60s to the late 70s, and are chiefly concerned with Hebrew letters, Zionism, the meaning and practice of socialist Zionism, and life on the kibbutz (in the sixties and seventies). Here one is struck by Oz's great humanity; his expansive soul; even in his most harshly written pieces (for example, he rips the writer Yosef Brenner a new one in his acceptance speech for the fiction prize named after Brenner!) Oz always finds a redeeming feature, some element to round out and soften the picture.
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