Synopses & Reviews
Praise for A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS:
"Every event, every factual detail, every discovery opens myriad doors to unexpected revelations...It is impossible to give a full account of this book's riches." --The Washington Post Book World
"[A] consistently gracious and compassionate meditation on the birth and consciousness of a writer. Revealed here is an exceptionally intimate and emotional archaeology, which provides astonishing truths about the origins of art itself."-- The Miami Herald
"A powerful story of the making of a writer
Oz's panoramic memoir enhances the history of literature and of Israel, and the literature of examined lives." --Booklist (starred)
Praise for THE SAME SEA:
"A prose poem . . . at once melancholic and sensual." --The New Yorker
[l]iterature that is both spiritually moving and secularly provocative."--The Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[L]ovely, lyrical territory
a reminder of the great things a novel can do. How it can cast us into a dream state, put us into contact with our beloved dead and help us recognize the hidden connections among all people and all things." --Chicago Tribune
"At once spare and lushly experimental, an unusual mixture of hard, precise prose that drives the story forward and often lyrical, evocative verse that bathes us in mental glow of each of the characters." --The Nation
"From the prodigious Oz comes a delightfully elusive if slight story of imagination, talent and the transitory nature of fame. The novella takes place over the course of a suffocatingly hot evening, narrated by an unnamed writer who whiles away his time at a Tel Aviv cafe a few hours before a dreaded reading. As he meditates on the inevitably asinine questions attendees will ask, he concocts stories about those around him. There is Ricky, the pretty waitress who is heartbroken over her first love, football-playing Charlie, who left her for a beauty pageant runnerup. Later, at the reading, he imagines that his listeners include a trade union hack and a low-ranking activist. As the night winds down with an awkward romantic entanglement with Rochele Reznik, a professional reader, he continues to revisit and expand upon the scenarios he has created. Woven throughout are rhymes by a local poet who was once quite beloved, but now the author cannot even recall if he is still alive. Stamped with Oz's charm and graceful skill in creating rich characters, this is a must for any fan." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A literary celebrity is in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night to give a reading from his new book. While the obligatory inane questions are being asked and answered, his attention wanders and he begins to invent lives for the strangers he sees around him.
An ingenious, witty, behind-the-scenes novel about eight hours in the life of an author.
A literary celebrity is in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night to give a reading from his new book.While the obligatory inane questions ("Why do you write? What is it like to be famous? Do you write with a pen or on a computer?) are being asked and answered, his attention wanders and he begins to invent lives for the strangers he sees around him. Among them are Yakir Bar-Orian Zhitomirski, a self-styled literary guru; Tsefania Beit-Halachmi, a poet (whose work provides the novels title); and Rochele Reznik, a professional reader, with whom the Author has a brief but steamy sexual skirmish; to say nothing of Ricky the waitress, the real object of his desire. One life story builds on another—and the author finds himself unexpectedly involved with his creations.
In this deft, masterly book, Amos Oz turns his attention away from his familythe subject of the internationally acclaimed A Tale of Love and Darknessand toward his profession, writing. The plot: eight hours in the life of an author. The setting: Tel Aviv, a stifling, hot night. A literary celebrity is giving a reading from his new book. And as his attention wanders, he begins to invent lives for the strangers he sees around him: here, a self-styled cultural guru, Yakir Bar-Orian Zhitomirski; there, a love-starved professional reader, Rochele Reznik; to say nothing of Ricky the waitress, the real object of his desire. One life story builds on another, and the author finds himself unexpectedly involved with his creations . . .
About the Author
Amos Oz was born in 1939 in Jerusalem. At the age of fifteen, he left home and went to live and work on Kibbutz Hulda. His first book, "Where the Jackals Howl", was published in 1965, to immediate acclaim. For thirty years, until 1986, he divided his time between writing and teaching at the kibbutz high school, and turned over all his literary income to the kibbutz. He now lives in Arad and teaches at Ben-Gurion University. He is one of the leading figures of the Peace Now movement, and has written and lectured widely on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first book of his to be published at Harcourt was "Elsewhere, Perhaps", which appeared in 1973. To date, Harcourt has published 18 books by Oz, including his recent memoir, "A Tale of Love and Darkness" (2004), an international bestseller and recipient of the Koret Jewish Book Award, among many other honors. Nicholas de Lange is a professor at the University of Cambridge and a renowned translator. He has translated Amos Oz's work since the 1960s.