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Biography
Amos Oz was born in Jerusalem in 1939. When he was fifteen he went to live in a kibbutz. He has studied philosophy and literature at Jerusalem’s Hebraic University, and was also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford university, resident author at the Hebraic university and at Colorado College. He has been made an Officer of the Arts and of Letters in France. The author of fiction for children and for adults, and an essayist, his work has been translated into twenty eight languages and he is famous all over the world. He has been awarded the French Prix Femina, in 1992 the Frankfurt Peace Prize and in 2004 the Catalunya Prize. The author who is greatly loved in Italy, won the 2004 Sandro Onofri Prize at the Casa delle Letterature in Rome. He is married and has two daughters and a son; he lives in Arad and teaches literature at the Ben Gurion University in the Negev.
His novels and short stories reflect Israeli society’s open conflicts and the difficult coexistence of two cultures, European and Arab, in an ironical vision without optimism. His last book published in Italian, A Tale of Love and Darkness, is an autobiography in the form of a novel, describes his family’s origins and vicissitudes with a tormented Jerusalem as a backdrop. His civil commitment resulted in the essay entitled Against the ghost.
 
Comments about him

"Eloquent, human, even the religious in the most profound sense, [Oz]is a sort of Zionist Orwell: a complex man, obsessed by a simple sense of decorum and determined above all to speak the truth, even if this should offend someone".
Newsweek

"The difference with previous books is that this one [A Tale of Love and Darkness] does not search for pretence. It is a biography of the author’s first twenty years, with long flashbacks about his parents families during the diaspora. A family saga that becomes a portrait of an entire generation. A diary of Israel’s creators, Zionists more by need than choice, unwilling emigrants anxious to create a new world, but terribly close to the old one".
Lorenzo Cremonesi, Il Corriere della Sera
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