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Under this blazing light : essays /
Amos Oz ; translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
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x, 205 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN
0521443679 (hc)
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
isbn
0521443679 (hc)
catalogue key
986585
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-05-01:
Translated into English for the first time, these essays by Oz (Fima, LJ 10/15/93) tackle certain difficult political and philosophical issues in a surprisingly smooth and sober manner. By critiquing several well-known Jewish writers and thinkers, Oz gives the reader an insight into the influences on his frame of mind‘cantankerous and cynical though it may be‘while providing a highly illuminating perspective on Zionism, Socialism, Judaism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. True, he presents an unoriginal if thankfully unskewed vision of why a Jew is "someone who chooses to share the fate of other Jews, or who is condemned to do so." In a similar burst of capitulation, he remarks of the kibbutz: "It is the least bad place I have ever seen. And the most daring effort." Nevertheless, these insightful essays from a major Israeli author are long overdue. Highly recommended for previous fans, as well as collections on Judaica and the Middle East controversies.‘Charles A. Weiss, formerly with "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1995-02-27:
Though written in the 1960s and '70s, these searching essays by Israeli novelist and peace activist Oz are remarkably fresh and timely. Viewing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a clash between ``right and right,'' that is, between the legitimate claims of two peoples for the same land, Oz urges compromise and a gradual, two-state solution. He enthusiastically describes his own experience living on a kibbutz, which he calls a unique attempt to reconstruct the extended family. In a revealing autobiographical sketch, Oz, born in Jerusalem in 1939, writes affectingly of growing up in Israel, of his mother's 1952 suicide and of his Russian-born businessman/poet grandfather, who moved to Palestine in 1933. Along with musings on what he calls the true themes of literature‘sorrow, suffering, protest, complaint, consolation‘Oz profiles Jewish writers and activists, among them Zionist Labor leader Aharon Gordon and Micha Berdyczew-ski, whose stories, written in Hebrew, are peopled by demigods, spirits and demons. In an introduction written in 1993, Oz calls for a ``Marshall Plan for the Middle East'' to resettle Palestinian and Soviet Jewish refugees and to create a prosperous region. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"Adapted from articles, interviews, and lectures from the 1960s and 70s, this is a provocative collection on Israeli society by one of the country's foremost novelists....Whether these musings touch upon the kibbutz, Israeli literature, or his early years in Jerusalem, Oz captivates the reader with his elegantly poetic voice." Kirkus Reviews
'A fascinating collection of essays for anyone interested in Zionism, Israel or Israel's greatest writer' Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The Spectator
‘A fascinating collection of essays for anyone interested in Zionism, Israel or Israel’s greatest writer’ Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The Spectator
"...a highly illuminating perspective on Zionism, Socialism, Judaism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...these insightful essays from a major Israeli author are long overdue. Highly recommended..." Library Journal
"Although these essays were written in the 1960s and 1970s, the fears expressed in them still exist, but the hopes they describe now seem a little closer to reality." Booklist
"By critiquing several well-known Jewish writers and thinkers, Oz gives the reader an insight into the influences on his frame of mind...while providing a highly illuminating perspective on Zionism, Socialism, Judaism, and the Israeli- Palestinian conflict...these useful essays from a major Israeli author are long overdue. Highly recommended for previous fans..." Charles A. Weiss, Library Journal
"...Oz reveals the prescience of his early political, literary, and philosophical views, which recent events have shown to be remarkably clear sighted." Reform Judaism
"...the essays present Oz's spellbinding versatility in an attractive and large enough manner to include most of his esthetic and intellectual merits." Yair Mazor, World Literature Today
'The style has a vigorous rhetoric about it. A mind is at work here' The Spectator
‘The style has a vigorous rhetoric about it. A mind is at work here’ The Spectator
"This collection of essays reveals the personal and political thoughts of Israel's novelist and give perspective to the author's own experiences and development." Shofar
"This collection of political, personal and literary pieces by one of Israel's most celebrated novelists is an unmitigated delight...Oz gives us a discreet and charming collection of his writings." Ben Ishtov, Jewish Frontier
"Though written in the 1960s and '70s, these searching essays by Israeli novelist and peace activist Oz are remarkably fresh and timely." Publishers Weekly
"Under This Blazing Light by Amos Oz is a wondrous collection of essays that brilliantly reveal to us the heart and mind of one of the great writers of our time." Chaim Potok
'Under This Blazing Light is a wondrous collection of essays that brilliantly reveal to us the heart and mind of one of the great writers of the time.' Chaim Potok
‘Under This Blazing Light is a wondrous collection of essays that brilliantly reveal to us the heart and mind of one of the great writers of the time.’ Chaim Potok
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Summaries
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This collection published here in English for the first time brings together a number of political, personal and literary pieces by Israel's most celebrated living novelist. Their refreshing blend of scepticism and idealism will attract new readers while delighting those already familiar with Oz's writings.
Description for Bookstore
This collection SH published here in English for the first time SH brings together a number of political, personal, and literary pieces by Israel's most celebrated living writer. Lively, tentative, and undogmatic, Oz's compelling literary insights make for consistently stimulating reading, while his commentary on Israel's cultural and political situation seems more relevant than ever in the light of recent developments. The essays reveal a complex and humane figure of practical political influence and lasting literary stature.
Main Description
"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 in English, this collection of essays reveals the personal and political thoughts of Israel's most celebrated novelist. The essays in this volume put a unique perspective on the author's own experiences and development, and reveal a complex and deeply human figure of practical political influence as well as of significant literary stature. Oz's refreshing blend of skepticism and idealism will win for him new readers, while delighting those who will recognize here the qualities evident in his other writings. Relevant in light of recent developments in the Middle East, the topics covered include an examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a dispute between "Right and Right"; a look at the meaning of socialism in the Israeli context; reflections on the concept of "Homeland" and on the nature of the Kibbutz; and reflections on the character of Zionism. The essays also include portraits of several Jewish writers and thinkers whose ideas and themes in one way or another have proved influential or determinative for Amos Oz himself. Amos Oz is widely considered to be Israel's most famous living writer. His fifteen books include My Michael, Touch the Water, Touch the Wind, In the Land of Israel, Black Box, To Know a Woman, and Fima. His work has been translated into twenty-nine languages, and he has received several major literary awards. He is currently a Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University.
Main Description
This collection published here in English for the first time brings together a number of political, personal and literary pieces by Israel's most celebrated novelist and littegrave;rateur. Topics covered include: an examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a dispute between 'right and right'; reflections on the character of Zionism, on the concept of 'homeland', and on the nature of the kibbutz; the meaning of socialism in the Israeli context; and portraits of several Jewish writers and thinkers whose ideas and themes in one way or another have proved influential or determinative for Amos Oz himself. These essays, which put a unique perspective on the author's own experiences and development, reveal a complex and humane figure of practical political influence as well as of significant literary stature. They will win for Oz new readers, while delighting those who will recognise here the qualities evident in his other writings.
Main Description
This collection – published here in English for the first time – brings together a number of political, personal and literary pieces by Israel's most celebrated novelist and littérateur. Topics covered include: an examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a dispute between 'right and right'; reflections on the character of Zionism, on the concept of 'homeland', and on the nature of the kibbutz; the meaning of socialism in the Israeli context; and portraits of several Jewish writers and thinkers whose ideas and themes in one way or another have proved influential or determinative for Amos Oz himself. These essays, which put a unique perspective on the author's own experiences and development, reveal a complex and humane figure of practical political influence as well as of significant literary stature. They will win for Oz new readers, while delighting those who will recognise here the qualities evident in his other writings.
Main Description
This collection – published here in English for the first time – brings together a number of political, personal and literary pieces by Israel’s most celebrated novelist and littérateur. Topics covered include: an examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a dispute between ‘right and right’; reflections on the character of Zionism, on the concept of ‘homeland’, and on the nature of the kibbutz; the meaning of socialism in the Israeli context; and portraits of several Jewish writers and thinkers whose ideas and themes in one way or another have proved influential or determinative for Amos Oz himself. These essays, which put a unique perspective on the author’s own experiences and development, reveal a complex and humane figure of practical political influence as well as of significant literary stature. They will win for Oz new readers, while delighting those who will recognise here the qualities evident in his other writings.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Events and books
Under this blazing light
Man is the sum total of all the sin and fire pent up in his bones
A ridiculous miracle hanging over our heads
The State as reprisal
A modest attempt to set out a theory
The meaning of homeland
The discreet charm of Zionism
oday
Thoughts on the kibbutz
The kibbutz at the present time
How to be a socialist
Munia Mandels secret language
Pinchas Lavon
The lost garden
An autobiographical note
An alien city
Like a gangster on the night of the long knives, but somewhat in a dream
Notes
Publication history
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