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The King of Norway

A story by one of Israel's most celebrated writers

By Amos Oz   May 2013

Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz has long been one of Israel’s most celebrated writers, described by Nadine Gordimer as “the voice of sanity coming out of confusion,” and by the Independent as “a peerless imaginative chronicler of his country’s inner and outer transformations.”

In his new collection of interlinked stories Between Friends, Oz explores life on a kibbutz in Israel in the late 1950s. “The King of Norway” tells the story of a gardener Zvi Provizor, known as the “angel of death” for his obsession with tales of human suffering, and his relationship with a widow, Luna Blank.

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