Panther in the Basement

Panther in the Basement

by Amos Oz
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Panther in the Basement by Amos Oz

From “a great and true voice of our time” (Washington Post Book World), comes this story of Proffy, a twelve-year-old living in Palestine in 1947. When Proffy befriends a member of the occupying British forces who shares his love of language and the Bible, he is accused of treason by his friends and learns the true nature of loyalty and betrayal. Translated by Nicholas de Lange.

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ISBN-13: 9780547705262
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 787,679
File size: 2 MB

About 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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"Proffy", short fr Professor, is a twelve and a half-year-old boy living in Jerusalem in 1947, on the eve of Israeli statehood. He desires to be a "Panther in the Basement", i.e, a freedom fighter for the Jewish State, taking as his models, movie stars from fictional films of the forties. His zeal is accidentally thwarted by his clandestine friendship with a British soldier who, in the guise of teaching him English in exchange for lessons in Hebrew,communicates the humanity of the enemy. When Proffy's relationship with a member of the occupying army is discovered, he is termed a traitor by his peers and is put on trial. Proffy struggles to maintain his membership in the secret organisation of his friends while holding on to his personal tie with the British. How the boy deals with his conflicting emotions along with his awakening awareness of the opposite sex is a story told with humor and virtuosity by the prize-winning novelist. As Oz mixes the present with the past, and contrasts the boy's coming of age with the birth of the state of Israel. the reader is made aware the growing pains of both subjects.