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A Tale of Love and Darkness

by Amos Oz Author · Nicholas de Lange Translator


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Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, this extraordinary memoir is at once a great family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the forties and fifties in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. His mother and father, both wonderful people, were ill-suited to each other. When Oz was twelve and a half years old, his mother committed suicide—a tragedy that was to change his life. He leaves the constraints of the family and the community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz, changes his name, marries, has children, and finally becomes a writer as well as an active participant in the political life of Israel. A story of clashing cultures and lives, of suffering and perseverance, of love and darkness.

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Blackstone Publishing
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Amos Oz (Author)

Amos Oz (1939-2018) was an Israeli journalist and author of acclaimed fiction, nonfiction, and short stories who was called one of "Israel's most prolific writers and respected intellectuals" by the New York Times. He was awarded many honors, incl...

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Nicholas de Lange (Translator)

Nicholas de Lange is a professor at the University of Cambridge and a renowned translator. He has translated Amos Oz's work since the 1960s.

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Claire Bloom (Director)

Claire Bloom, CBE, is an English film and stage actress, known for leading roles in plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll's House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, along with nearly sixty films and countless television roles, during a car...

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Author :
Amos Oz
Translator :
Nicholas de Lange
Narrator :
Stefan Rudnicki
Director :
Claire Bloom
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