A Tale of Love and Darkness

Oz, Amos

9780151008780

ISBN 10: 0151008787 / 0-15-100878-7
ISBN 13: 9780151008780
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:

Love and darkness are just two of the powerful forces that run through Amos Oz's extraordinary, moving story. He takes us on a seductive journey through his childhood and adolescence, along Jerusalem's war-torn streets in the 1940s and '50s, and into the infernal marriage of two kind, well-meaning people: his fussy, logical father, and his dreamy, romantic mother. Caught between them is one small boy with the weight of generations on his shoulders. And at the tragic heart of the story is the suicide of his mother, when Amos was twelve-and-a-half years old.

Oz's story dives into 120 year of family history and paradox, the saga of a Jewish love-hate affair with Europe that sweeps from Vilna and Odessa, via Poland and Prague, to Israel. Farce and heartbreak, history and humanity make up this magical portrait of the artist who saw the birth of a nation, and came through its turbulent life as well as his own. This is a memoir like no other, and one that cries out to be read and wept over.

By the winner of the 2013 Franz Kafka Prize, previous winners of which include Philip Roth, Ivan Klima, Elfriede Jelinek, Harold Pinter and John Banville.


Review:
"One of the funniest, most tragic and most touching books I have ever read. A testament to a family, a time and a place." ( Guardian)

"A masterpiece" ( Irish Times)

"One of the most gripping, intense and moving autobiographies I have ever read." ( Independent on Sunday)

"It sweeps across 120 years of family history, weaving a tragi-comic saga of love and books, of Jewish life and immigrant life the world over, and of the universal madness of families. Read it now - I promise you won't read a more brilliant book in a long, long while." ( Daily Mail)

"If you have 18 euros in your pocket and at least two days left to live, then you should do one more thing to die without regrets, and that is to read this book." ( La Republica)

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Review:
Tragic, comic and incomparable: an autobiographical epic and a comedie humaine for our times, which is both the portrait of an artist and the story of the birth of a nation, spanning several generations and moving with them from Russia, Lithuania, the Ukraine, to Jerusalem.

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