Amos Oz

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  • Anna Bernard (King's College London )

In Amos Oz’s epic memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness (Sipur al Ahava ve-Choshech, 2002), Oz describes a post-World War II Jerusalem populated by anxious and impoverished European Jews, living under a British-imposed curfew and behind iron window grates, who spend their time “bent over a sheet of paper, correcting, erasing, writing, and polishing” (298). Observing the adults’ behaviour, the young Amos decides that when he grows up, he wants to “be a book”:

Not a writer but a book. And that was from fear.
     Because it was slowly dawning on those whose families had not arrived in Israel that the Germans had killed them all…. And who …

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Bernard, Anna. "Amos Oz". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 December 2010
[, accessed 30 November 2015.]