The Story Begins

Type: essays

First Published in 1996

In these essays, Amos Oz brings his experience as novelist, teacher and critic to bear on the different ways in which diverse writers enter into contact with the reader – by wooing them or by […]

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Israel, Palestine and Peace

Type: articles

First Published in 1995

Amos Oz is a passionate campaigner for peace rather than war, and an honourable compromise rather than bloodshed in the Middle East. These powerful essays and speeches – written both before and after the Oslo […]

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Panther in the Basement

Type: novel

First Published in 1995

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 […]

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Don’t Call it Night

Type: novel

First Published in 1994

In this “extraordinary novel from a great and true voice of our time” (Washington Post), a teenage drug overdose throws a closely knit Negev Desert settlement into turmoil – and tests the limits of a […]

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The state of the State of Israel

Type: essays

First Published in 1992

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The State of the State of Israel (Report of the Situation)

Type: essays

First Published in 1992

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The Silence of Heaven

Type: essays

First Published in 1992

In The Silence of Heaven, the world renowned Israeli novelist Amos Oz introduces us to an extraordinary masterpiece of Hebrew literature that is just now appearing in English, S. Y. Agnon’s Only Yesterday. For Oz, […]

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The Third Condition

Type: novel

First Published in 1991

The latest novel by the beloved Israeli author introduces Fima, a sometimes poet who feels he is living in Jerusalem by mistake

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To Know a Woman

Type: novel

First Published in 1989

As an Israeli secret service agent, Yoel Ravid’s ability to sense the truth made him invaluable. Now widowed and retired, he lives with his mother, his mother-in-law, his daughter, and the haunting memory of his […]

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The Slopes of Lebanon

Type: essays

First Published in 1987

This superb collection of essays offers Oz’s cogent views on Israel’s offensive into Lebanon in 1982; fanaticism of all stripes; the PLO; Israeli terrorism; the new militarism and the growing intolerance toward the Arab population […]

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Black Box

Type: novel

First Published in 1987

Seven years after their divorce, Ilana breaks the bitter silence with a letter to Alex, a world-renowned authority on fanaticism, begging for help with their rebellious adolescent son, Boaz. One letter leads to another, and […]

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In the Land of Israel

Type: essays

First Published in 1983

Oz traveled throughout Israel and the West Bank in the 1980s and spoke with many people about the past, present, and future of his country. What he found is memorably set down here. New Author’s […]

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A Perfect Peace

Type: novel

First Published in 1982

Set in Israel just before the Six-Day War, this novel describes life on a kibbutz, where the founders of Israel and their children struggle to come to terms with their land and with each other. […]

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Under this Blazing Light

Type:

First Published in 1978

“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 […]

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Soumchi

Type: childrens novel

First Published in 1977

When Soumchi, an eleven-year-old boy growing up in British-occupied Jerusalem just after World War II, receives a bicycle as a gift from his Uncle Zemach, he is overjoyed—even if it is a girl’s bicycle. Ignoring […]

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The Hill of Evil Counsel

Type: novellas

First Published in 1976

Three stories in which history and imaginative narrative intertwine to re-create the world of Jerusalem during the last days of the British Mandate. A book “as complex, vivid and uncompromising as Jerusalem itself” (The Nation). […]

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Different People

Type: essays and articles

First Published in 1974

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Touch the Water, Touch the Wind

Type: novel

First Published in 1973

Oz has crafted an intricate tale of people constantly seeking escape from a hostile world, an escape symbolized on its highest level by the watchmaker Pomeranz, a mathematician and musician. By the power of his […]

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Unto Death

Type: short stories

First Published in 1970

Two novellas showing the atmosphere of hatred in which Jews must live, die, and struggle for rationality both historically and in the present. Woodcuts by Jacob Pins. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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My Michael

Type: novel

First Published in 1968

Set in 1950s Jerusalem, My Michael tells the story of a remote and intense woman named Hannah Gonen and her marriage to a decent but unremarkable man named Michael. As the years pass and Hannah’s […]

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