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Books in brief: Judas by Amos Oz

"What Oz has mastered in form, he has since lost in intensity"

By Ben Judah   February 2017

cover-3.jpg.rendition.460.707Judas by Amos Oz, translated by Nicholas De Lange (Chatto & Windus, £18.99)

Christianity is at its heart a story about two Jews: Jesus and Judas. Published in Hebrew as The Gospel According to Judas, the latest novel by Amos Oz, Israel and the Jewish world’s most beloved writer, attempts to reclaim, and retell, the story that he believes is ultimately responsible for the pogroms and death camps. In the process Oz wishes to redeem the nature of treachery itself.

Oz has written so well for so long, the craft shows. Judas reads…

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