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In the Land of Israel Paperback – 31 Dec 1995

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  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (31 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394727282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394727288
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exemplary instance of a writer using his craft to come to grips with what is happening politically and to illuminate certain aspects of Israeli society that have generally been concealed by polemical formulas. "The New York Times"
Notebook in hand, Amos Oz traveled throughout Israel and the West Bank in the early 1980s to talk with workers, soldiers, religious zealots, aging pioneers, new immigrants, desperate Arabs, and visionaries, asking them questions about Israel s past, present, and future. What he heard is set down here in those distinctive voices, alongside Oz s observations and reflections. A classic insider s view of a land whose complex past and troubled present make for an uncertain future.
Oz s vignettes . . . wondrously re-create whole worlds with an economy of words. "Philadelphia Inquirer"

AMOS OZ was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including his acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness, which was an international bestseller and a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award.
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About the Author

AMOS OZwas 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I decided to re-read this book after 25 years. And once again I was dazzled by the quality of the insights, and the masterful handling of dialogue, in which Amos Oz excels. For the non-Jewish American it is difficult to obtain an authentic, realistic portrait of Israel through the American media filter. Far better for that is Haaretz and Amos Oz. He sees, and conveys the anguish, in this collection of eleven marvelous short stories.

One of the major themes, but fortunately there are numerous others, is the one that divides the secular Israelis from the religious ones, the "Jews", which he conveys so eloquently in his story on "An Argument on Life and Death (A)". And it is the latter, in the adherence to their mindless fundamentalism that are ascendant; Oz struggles to convey the sentiments of the "Jews" even-handedly, but it is a struggle that he often loses.

Oz has this incredible ear for dialogue and the ability to transpose this to the written page. In short vignettes he explains why there was a major political transformation, without 800 pages of leaden analysis. For example, his story "The Insult and the Fury" clearly captures the anger that resulted in the rise of the Likud, and the political victory of Begin. Oz goes to the village of Bet Shemesh, with its heavy Sephardic population. The resentment seethes: "I'll tell you something about the hatred. But write it in good Hebrew. You want the hatred between us to end? First of all, come and apologize, properly." A catalog of grave offenses and slights of the "elite" Ashkenazis follows. One of the resounding point made is their unwillingness to ever give up the West Bank, because of their feeling that they had been brought to Israel to be the "hewers of wood, and drawers of water" for the Ashkenazis.
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