Amos Oz

1939 - 2018

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Amos Oz (Hebrew: עמוס עוז; born Amos Klausner (Hebrew: עמוס קלוזנר); 4 May 1939 – 28 December 2018) was an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist, and intellectual. He was also a professor of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Amos Oz has received more than 924,658 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Amos Oz is the 265th most popular writer (up from 283rd in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Israel and the 2nd most popular Israeli Writer.

Amos Oz is a famous Israeli author. He is most famous for his novel "A Tale of Love and Darkness."

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  • 53

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  • 12.44

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  • 2.46

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Notable Works

סיפור על אהבה וחושך
Love and darkness are just two of the powerful forces that run through Amos Oz's extraordinary, moving story. He takes us on a bold, seductive journey through his childhood and adolescence, a quixotic child's eye view along Jerusalem's wartorn streets in the 1940s and '50s, and into the infernal marriage of two kind, well-meaning people: his fussy, logical father, and his dreamy, romantic mother. Caught between them is one small boy with the weight of generations on his shoulders. And at the tragic heart of the tale is the suicide of his mother, when Amos was twelve-and-a-half years old. Soon after, still a gawky adolescent, he left home, changed his name and became a tractor driver on a kibbutz. 'Jews go back to Palestine' urged the graffiti in 1930s Lithuania, so they went; then later the walls of Europe shouted 'Jews get out of Palestine'. Oz's story dives into 120 years of family history and paradox, the saga of a Jewish love-hate affair with Europe that sweeps from Vilna and Odessa, via Poland and Prague, to Israel. Those who stayed in Europe were murdered; those who escaped took the past with them. In search of the roots of his family tragedy, he uncovers the secrets and skel
La-gaʻat ba-mayim, la-gaʻat ba-ruaḥ
Har ha-ʻetsah ha-raʻah
Ḳufsah sheḥorah
ʻAd maṿet
Ḳufsah sheḥorah
Fiction, Family, Man-woman relationships
Please see https://openlibrary.org/works/OL1580904W.
Fiction, Israel, fiction, Jerusalem, fiction
A young boy in modern-day Jerusalem trades away one possession after another, only to find something much more wonderful--his first love.
Har ha-ʻetsah ha-raʻah
Hebrew Short stories, Social life and customs, Jews
Artsot ha-tan
Hebrew Short stories, Social life and customs, Jews
מנוחה נכונה
Kibbuz, Kibbutzim, Fiction
Mikha'el sheli
Jewish cookery, Broiling, Cookery
Please see https://openlibrary.org/works/OL1580908W.


Among writers, Amos Oz ranks 265 out of 7,302Before him are Sallust, Johannes V. Jensen, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Vladimir Mayakovsky, François de La Rochefoucauld, and Jami. After him are Salman Rushdie, Primo Levi, Arthur Miller, Anna Komnene, Walt Whitman, and Bartolomé de las Casas.

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Among people born in 1939, Amos Oz ranks 9Before him are Tina Turner, Terence Hill, Ian McKellen, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanislav Petrov, and Gro Harlem Brundtland. After him are Amanda Lear, Reuven Rivlin, Giovanni Falcone, Giovanni Trapattoni, Harvey Keitel, and Ada Yonath. Among people deceased in 2018, Amos Oz ranks 12Before him are Ingvar Kamprad, Montserrat Caballé, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Stan Lee, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Miloš Forman. After him are Isao Takahata, John McCain, Philip Roth, Stephen Hillenburg, France Gall, and Paul Bocuse.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Amos Oz ranks 46 out of 466Before him are Ehud Barak (1942), Judas Maccabeus (-200), William of Tyre (1130), Joseph of Arimathea (100), Dinah (-1700), and Joel (-1). After him are Ehud Olmert (1945), Hezekiah (-800), Procopius (500), Daniel Kahneman (1934), Josiah (-648), and Reuven Rivlin (1939).

Among WRITERS In Israel

Among writers born in Israel, Amos Oz ranks 2Before him are John the Evangelist (10). After him are Mahmoud Darwish (1941), Edward Said (1935), Ghassan Kanafani (1936), David Grossman (1954), A. B. Yehoshua (1936), May Ziade (1886), Ahron Daum (1951), Justus of Tiberias (35), Meir Shalev (1948), and Gideon Levy (1953).