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 yorkera 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 #ad - 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.
JudasMariner Books #ad - Funny, wise, and provoking. Times uk . There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Piece by piece, the old jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets. An old-fashioned novel of ideas that is strikingly and compellingly modern.
Observer Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. Oz pitches the book’s heartbreak and humanism perfectly from first page to last. New york times book Review “Scintillating.
Judas #ad - Atalia abravanel, a beautiful woman in her forties, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. At once an exquisite love story and a coming-of-age novel, an allegory for the state of Israel and for the biblical tale from which it draws its title, Judas is Amos Oz’s most powerful novel in decades.
Oz has written one of the most triumphant novels of his career. Forward “A big beautiful novel. International bestseller winner of the international Literature Prize Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize A New York Times Editors’ Choice “A magnificent novel.
Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian LifeFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - A new york times book review editors' choicea teacher, a philosopher, and an eyewitness to history, a scholar, Sari Nusseibeh is one of our most urgent and articulate authorities on the conflict in the Middle East. This autobiography brings rare depth and compassion to the story of his country. From his time teaching side by side with israelis at the hebrew university through his appointment by Yasir Arafat to administer the Arab Jerusalem, he has held fast to the principles of freedom and equality for all, partition, and his story dramatizes the consequences of war, and terrorism as few other books have done.
To the End of the Land Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - In this stunning, bestselling novel—and an NBCC Award finalist—David Grossman tells the powerful story of a mother’s love for her son. Just before his release from service in the Israeli army, Ora’s son Ofer is sent back to the front for a major offensive. She is joined by an unlikely companion—Avram, a former friend and lover with a troubled past—and as they sleep out in the hills, Ora begins to conjure her son.
In a fit of preemptive grief and magical thinking, so that no bad news can reach her, Ora sets out on an epic hike in the Galilee. Ofer’s story, as told by ora, becomes a surprising balm both for her and for Avram—and a mother’s haunting meditation on war and family. One of the best books of the year: the christian science monitor, the new yorker, the New Republic, The Washington Post, The Economist, and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK.
Dear Zealots: Letters from a Divided LandHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - . Dear zealots is not just a brilliant book of thoughts and ideas—it is a depiction of one man’s struggle, who for decades has insisted on keeping a sharp, strident and lucid perspective in the face of chaos and at times of madness. David grossman, on the jewish roots of humanism and the need for a secular pride in Israel, winner of the Man Booker International Prize From the incomparable Amos Oz comes a series of three essays: on the universal nature of fanaticism and its possible cures, and on the geopolitical standing of Israel in the wider Middle East and internationally.
Dear zealots is classic amos oz—fluid, masterly, rich, and perfectly timed for a world in which polarization and extremism are rising everywhere. The essays were written, oz states, and politics, to be thumbed through and studied, learned telling of history, "first and foremost" for his grandchildren: they are a patient, religion, clung to even, as we march toward an uncertain future.
Dear Zealots: Letters from a Divided Land #ad - An urgent and deeply necessary work, Dear Zealots offers three powerful essays that speak directly to our present age, on the rise of zealotry in Israel and around the world. Concise, evocative.
Between FriendsHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Breathtaking. Irish examiner “a complex and melancholic vision of people struggling to transcend their individuality for the sake of mundanely idealist goals. The times Literary Supplement. Winner of the national jewish book award: a “gorgeous, rueful collection of eight linked stories” capturing the collective dreams of Israel in the 1950s Chicago Tribune.
That boasts the sense, scope and unity of a novel. . . His people twitch with life. The scotsman “A collection of stories. . . His pinpoint descriptions are pared to perfection. . . Each of these stories is a luminous human and literary study; together they offer an eloquent portrait of an idea, and of a charged and fascinating epoch.
Between Friends #ad - A devoted father who fails to challenge his daughter’s lover, an old friend, a man his own age; an elderly gardener who carries on his shoulders the sorrows of the world; a woman writing perversely poignant letters to her husband’s mistress. Oz lifts the veil on kibbutz existence without palaver. These eight interconnected stories, set in the fictitious Kibbutz Yekhat, draw masterful profiles of idealistic men and women enduring personal hardships in the shadow of one of the greatest collective dreams of the twentieth century.
A Horse Walks into a Bar: A novelVintage #ad - And in the dance between comic and audience, a deeper story begins to take shape as Dov confronts the decision that has shaped the course of his life—a story that will alter the lives of several of those in attendance. Over the course of a single evening, Dov’s patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood.
. A poignant exploration of how people confront life’s capricious battering, A Horse Walks into a Bar is a searing story of loss and survival. Winner of the 2017 man booker international prizein a dive bar in a small israeli city, a comedian a bit past his prime, Dov Greenstein, takes the stage for his final show.
Panther in the BasementMariner Books #ad - Translated by Nicholas de Lange. From “a great and true voice of our time” Washington Post Book World, comes this story of Proffy, a twelve-year-old living in Palestine in 1947. When proffy befriends a member of the occupying British forces who shares his love of language and the Bible, he is accused of treason by his friends and learns the true nature of loyalty and betrayal.
Scenes from Village LifeMariner Books #ad - There is, a particular chord or strain; but taken together, in each story, these chords rise and reverberate, evoking an unease so strong it’s almost a taste in the mouth . . . Could it be their tenant, that young Arab? But then the young Arab hears the digging sounds too. Scenes from village life’ is a brief collection, but its brevity is a testament to its force.
Scenes from village life is a memorable novel in stories by the inimitable Amos Oz: a brilliant, unsettling glimpse of what goes on beneath the surface of everyday life. And where has the mayor’s wife gone, vanished without a trace, the veneer of new wealth—gourmet restaurants, rusting farm tools, art galleries, her note saying “Don’t worry about me”? Around the village, a winery—barely conceals the scars of war and of past generations: disused air-raid shelters, and trucks left wherever they stopped.
Scenes from Village Life #ad - Translated from hebrew by Nicholas de Lange “Finely wrought . . . You will not soon forget it. The new york times book review Strange things are happening in Tel Ilan, a century-old pioneer village. Oz writes characterizations that are subtle but surgically precise, rendering this work a powerfully understated treatment of an uneasy Israeli conscience.
Publishers weekly, weighed down by nothing, starred review “Informed by everything, this is an exquisite work of art.
The Hill of Evil Counsel: Three Stories Harvest BookMariner Books #ad - Three stories of “sensuous prose and indelible imagery” that re-create the world of Jerusalem during the last days of the British Mandate The New York Times. Refugees drawn to jerusalem in search of safety are confronted by activists relentlessly preparing for an uprising, oblivious to the risks. The hill of evil counsel is “as complex, vivid, and uncompromising as Jerusalem itself” The Nation.
Among these characters lives a boy named Uri, a friend and confidant of several conspirators who love and humor him as he weaves in and out of all three stories. Meanwhile, a wife abandons her husband, and a dying man longs for his departed lover. Oz evokes israeli life with the same sly precision with which Chekhov evoked pre-Revolutionary Russian life.
The Hill of Evil Counsel: Three Stories Harvest Book #ad - Los angeles Times.
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of IsraelSpiegel & Grau #ad - The least tendentious book about Israel I have ever read. Leon wieseltier, the new york Times Book Review “Spellbinding. We meet shavit’s great-grandfather, who took on menial work and focused on raising their children to become the leaders of the new state; the pragmatic engineer who was instrumental in developing israel’s nuclear program in the 1960s, transformed masada from the neglected ruins of an extremist sect into a powerful symbol for Zionism; the Palestinian who as a young man in 1948 was driven with his family from his home during the expulsion from Lydda; the immigrant orphans of Europe’s Holocaust, a British Zionist who in 1897 visited the Holy Land on a Thomas Cook tour and understood that it was the way of the future for his people; the idealist young farmer who bought land from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s to grow the Jaffa oranges that would create Palestine’s booming economy; the visionary youth group leader who, in the only interview he ever gave; the zealous religious Zionists who started the settler movement in the 1970s; the dot-com entrepreneurs and young men and women behind Tel-Aviv’s booming club scene; and today’s architects of Israel’s foreign policy with Iran, in the 1940s, whose nuclear threat looms ominously over the tiny country.
Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Friedman, the new york Times “Important and powerful. Friedman’s groundbreaking from beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land.
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel #ad - . Shavit’s accomplishment is so unlikely, so total. As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the israeli condition, my promised Land asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? Can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present.