In the Land of Israel

In the Land of Israel

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by Amos Oz
     
 

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“An exemplary instance of a writer using his craft to come to grips with what is happening politically and to illuminate certain aspects of Israeli society that have generally been concealed by polemical formulas.” —The New York Times

Notebook in hand, Amos Oz traveled throughout Israel and the West Bank in the early 1980s to talk with

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“An exemplary instance of a writer using his craft to come to grips with what is happening politically and to illuminate certain aspects of Israeli society that have generally been concealed by polemical formulas.” —The New York Times

Notebook in hand, Amos Oz traveled throughout Israel and the West Bank in the early 1980s to talk with workers, soldiers, religious zealots, aging pioneers, new immigrants, desperate Arabs, and visionaries, asking them questions about Israel’s past, present, and future. What he heard is set down here in those distinctive voices, alongside Oz’s observations and reflections. A classic insider’s view of a land whose complex past and troubled present make for an uncertain future.

“Oz’s vignettes . . . wondrously re-create whole worlds with an economy of words.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156481144
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
653,242
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

AMOS OZ was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe Prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village Life, a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.


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In the Land of Israel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To my mind this is Oz's best book , though lovers of his fiction will say I am not in my right mind.Here there is a far greater chunk of true Israel than in his other works.He knows how to speak to people, and more importantly how to listen to them.His conversations with those who oppose his views are especially good.In Beit Shean the book comes alive as the resentment of development town Sephardim is openly expressed to the the author,the representative of the Ashkenazi elite.But their warmth and humor give the conversation a great deal of life. Wherever Oz goes he encounters contradicting voices, and the whole presentation taken together makes Israel seem, what it truly is, a vibrant dynamic society . Oz's poetic prose and his great talent for description are also here , and add to the pleasure of the reader.