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Under this Blazing Light : Canto Original - Amos Oz

Under this Blazing Light

Canto Original

By: Amos Oz, Nicholas de Lange (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 1995
ISBN: 9780521443678
Number Of Pages: 220

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"Perhaps most of the essays in this book are substitutes for stories that I have not managed to write," says Amos Oz in the preface to Under This Blazing Light. Published for the first time in English, this collection of essays reveals the personal and political thoughts of Israel's most celebrated novelist. The essays in this volume put a unique perspective on the author's own experiences and development, and reveal a complex and deeply human figure of practical political influence as well as of significant literary stature. Oz's refreshing blend of skepticism and idealism will win for him new readers, while delighting those who will recognize here the qualities evident in his other writings. Relevant in light of recent developments in the Middle East, the topics covered include an examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a dispute between "Right and Right"; a look at the meaning of socialism in the Israeli context; reflections on the concept of "Homeland" and on the nature of the Kibbutz; and reflections on the character of Zionism. The essays also include 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. Amos Oz is widely considered to be Israel's most famous living writer. His fifteen books include My Michael, Touch the Water, Touch the Wind, In the Land of Israel, Black Box, To Know a Woman, and Fima. His work has been translated into twenty-nine languages, and he has received several major literary awards. He is currently a Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University.

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'Under This Blazing Light is a wondrous collection of essays that brilliantly reveal to us the heart and mind of one of the great writers of the time.' Chaim Potok 'The style has a vigorous rhetoric about it. A mind is at work here' The Spectator 'A fascinating collection of essays for anyone interested in Zionism, Israel or Israel's greatest writer' Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The Spectator

Introduction
Events and books
Under this blazing light
Man is the sum total of all the sin and fire pent up in his bones
A ridiculous miracle hanging over our heads
The State as reprisal
A modest attempt to set out a theory
The meaning of homeland
The discreet charm of Zionism
oday
Thoughts on the kibbutz
The kibbutz at the present time
How to be a socialist
Munia Mandels secret language
Pinchas Lavon
The lost garden
An autobiographical note
An alien city
Like a gangster on the night of the long knives, but somewhat in a dream
Notes
Publication history
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521443678
ISBN-10: 0521443679
Series: Canto Original
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 31st March 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.33 x 14.45  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.42

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