As journalists, we strive for terse, pithy sentences. Then comes this sprawling description of writing in which the writer becomes a silversmith, watchmaker, weaver and, ultimately, a chemist. Using the word “carefully” twice, Oz takes this creative magic we call writing and strips it down to the tedious but wondrous craft it is.

Amos Oz

Amos Oz

“A Tale of Love and Darkness” is the first time that prominent Israeli author and intellectural Oz Amos wrote publicly about much of his family history, including his mother’s suicide in 1952.  The book was first published in Hebrew in 2002, and later translated into more than two dozen languages and selling more than 1 million copies worldwide.

Oz died on Dec. 28, 2018. English was his second language.


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