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A Tale of Love and Darkness

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Author(s): Amos Oz

Location(s): Israel

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 19th century / 20th century

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Amos Oz’s remarkable, moving story takes us on a seductive journey through his childhood and adolescence, along Jerusalem’s war-torn streets in the 1940s and ’50s and into a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. Caught between them is one small boy with the weight of generations on his shoulders.

Oz dives into 120 years 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 story of clashing cultures and lives, of suffering and perseverance, of love and darkness.

‘Oz’s greatest work…not only his autobiography, but in a way the biography of Israel before it was created’ David Grossman, Observer

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