Amos Oz: A Tale of Love and Darkness

(Memoir, 560 pp. Hebrew, 2002; English translation, 2004)

Past and present spiral in this dense memoir of growing up in Jerusalem in the years before and after Israeli independence. Oz’s richly colored tales of his European immigrant family trying to recreate itself in an alien landscape allow readers to know the inner workings of a distinguished writer and gain insight into what impelled him toward his craft. 

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  • Review by Benjamin Weiner, Jewish Reader, March 2005
  • Review by Linda Grant, The Guardian, September 10, 2004
  • Review by John Leonard, New York Times, December 12, 2004
  • Review by David Cesarini, The Independent, September 3, 2004
  • Review by Amy Wilentz, Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2004
  • Review by David Isaacson, Daily Telegraph, September 4, 2004
  • Review by Alberto Manguel, Washington Post, November 7, 2004
  • Review by David Bernstein, The Age, November 6, 2004
  • Amy Wilentz interviews Amos Oz, The Nation, January 6, 2005
  • David Remnick profiles Amos Oz, New Yorker, November 8, 2004
  • Essay by Eran Kaplan,“Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness and the Sabra Myth,” Jewish Social Studies, Fall 2007
  • Biography
  • Video presentation (65 min.)