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Under This Blazing Light by Amos Oz
Book DescriptionThis collection - published here in English for the first time - brings together a number of political, personal and literary pieces by Israel's most celebrated novelist and litterateur. Topics covered include: an examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a dispute between 'right and right'; reflections on the character of Zionism, on the concept of 'homeland', and on the nature of the kibbutz; the meaning of socialism in the Israeli context; and portraits of several Jewish writers and thinkers whose ideas and themes in one way or another have proved influential or determinative for Amos Oz himself. These essays, which put a unique perspective on the author's own experiences and development, reveal a complex and humane figure of practical political influence as well as of significant literary stature. They will win for Oz new readers, while delighting those who will recognise here the qualities evident in his other writings.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521576222
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Soumchi, Paperback (September 2016)
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Judas, Paperback (September 2016)
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Elsewhere, Perhaps, Paperback (September 2016)» View all books by Amos Oz
The Kibbutz of Metsudat Ram lies in the valley of Jordan. The settlers go about their lives as the artillery rumbles in the distance. Among them are Reuven, the school teacher, his teenaged daughter, Noga, and Ezra, the truck-driver. As the seasons pass, so too do conflict and misunderstanding - all threatening to tear apart the community.
US Kirkus Review » 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. In his lyrical prose, Oz (Fima, 1993, etc.) ponders such issues as Jewish identity, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the concept of a Zionist homeland. In his lengthy 1967 piece on "the meaning of homeland," Oz defines a Jew as anyone who publicly acknowledges his or her Jewishness. Religious law alone, Oz contends, should not be the defining factor. A Jew, he argues, is someone who relates to the Jewish past and shares the fate of the Jewish present - whether voluntarily or by force. Oz perceives the annihilation of European Jewry as "the logical outcome of the ancient status of the Jew in Western civilization." For thousands of years, he writes, the Diaspora Jew was "an archetype in the dungeons of the Christian soul," making Auschwitz, not assimilation, the Jew's inevitable destiny. Zionism, Oz argues, is the sole option for a Jew who does not wish to exist merely as a "symbol in the consciousness" of strangers. And since the ancestral homeland of Israel has remained in the hearts and prayers of Jews for millennia, it was the logical locus of their quest for normalcy. Since Oz is not religious, however, his Zionism is more complex. He writes, "I am a Zionist in all that concerns the redemption of the Jews, but not when it comes to the 'redemption of the Holy Land.' " He sees the Palestinian conflict as a struggle of "right and right" between two peoples with valid historical claims and grievances. He abhors the tendency of the Israeli right wing to deny the Palestinians' legitimacy, and he provides insights into Arab fears of the "Satanic power of Zionism." 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)
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