Under This Blazing Light

Under This Blazing Light


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"Perhaps most of the essays in this book are substitutes for stories that I have not managed to write," says Amos Oz in the preface to Under This Blazing Light. Published for the first time in English, this collection of essays reveals the personal and political thoughts of Israel's most celebrated novelist. The essays in this volume put a unique perspective on the author's own experiences and development, and reveal a complex and deeply human figure of practical political influence as well as of significant literary stature. Oz's refreshing blend of skepticism and idealism will win for him new readers, while delighting those who will recognize here the qualities evident in his other writings. Relevant in light of recent developments in the Middle East, the topics covered include an examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a dispute between "Right and Right"; a look at the meaning of socialism in the Israeli context; reflections on the concept of "Homeland" and on the nature of the Kibbutz; and reflections on the character of Zionism. The essays also include portraits of several Jewish writers and thinkers whose ideas and themes in one way or another have proved influential or determinative for Amos Oz himself. Amos Oz is widely considered to be Israel's most famous living writer. His fifteen books include My Michael, Touch the Water, Touch the Wind, In the Land of Israel, Black Box, To Know a Woman, and Fima. His work has been translated into twenty-nine languages, and he has received several major literary awards. He is currently a Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521443678
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/09/1995
Series: Canto original series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Israel's literary giant, Amos Oz (1939-2018) was one of that country's bestselling and most prolific writers, capturing the characters and culture of the young state in novels such as My Michael, Judas, Black Box, The Same Sea and many others. Part patriot and part prophet, he also penned provocative essays and nonfiction works such as Jews and Words and In the Land of Israel and his acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Date of Birth:

May 4, 1939

Date of Death:

December 28, 2018

Place of Birth:


Place of Death:

Tel Aviv, Israel

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Events and books; Under This Blazing Light; 'Man is the sum total of all the sin and fire pent up in his bones'; 'A ridiculous miracle hanging over our heads'; The State as reprisal; A modest attempt to set out a theory; The meaning of homeland; The discreet charm of Zionism; A. D. Gordon today; Thoughts on the kibbutz; The kibbutz at the present time; How to be a socialist; Munia Mandel's secret language; Pinhas Lavon; The lost garden; An autobiographical note; An alien city; Like a gangster on the night of the long knives, but somewhat in a dream; Notes; Publication history; Index.

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Chaim Potok

Under This Blazing Light by Amos Oz is a wondrous collection of essays that brilliantly reveal to us the heart and mind of one of the great writers of our time.

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