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Israel’s ageing children

Israel's most celebrated living writer has produced a wonderfully curious new book—a study of authorial isolation that cuts against everything he believes in

By Jonathan Tel   March 2009

Amos Oz talks with Palestinian men after picking olives near Nablus

Rhyming Life and Death By Amos Oz, translated by Nicholas De Lange (Chatto & Windus, £12.99)

Amos Oz is a grandfather, both literally and in terms of his status in Israeli literature. He has published 31 books, 19 of which have appeared in English. Born in Jerusalem in 1939, of eastern European parents, he grew up on Amos Street—proof, as if children need such proof, that the world is coextensive with the imagination. He became left-wing during his teens, moved to a kibbutz and changed his surname from Klausner…

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