Robert Alter on Amos Oz

25 June 2024 | 57 mins

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Robert Alter on Amos Oz

25 June 2024 | 57 mins

Critic, translator and biblical scholar Robert Alter brings the first published biography of Amos Oz to Book Week. Oz was one of Israel’s most prominent writers, a regular contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the author of dozens of novels, essay collections, and novellas in a career spanning over half a century. This seminal work also explores his mother’s suicide; his time in Kibbutz Hulda following his separation from his father aged 14; his family’s right-wing Zionism; and his activism in support of a pluralistic Israel. Alter brings together testimony from Oz and his circle, as well as close readings of his central works, to present the inner world and public persona. In conversation with Amos Oz’s translator and friend, Nicholas de Lange.

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