Natalie Portman starts reading circle in honor of Amos Oz

The actress urged her 3.5 million followers to pick up a copy of 'Judas.'

January 6, 2019 12:48
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Natalie Portman poses at a premiere for the movie "Vox Lux" in Los Angeles, California, U.S

Natalie Portman poses at a premiere for the movie "Vox Lux" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 5, 2018. (photo credit: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)


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A week after the death of Israeli writer Amos Oz, Natalie Portman announced she is starting a reading circle in his honor.

The Israeli-American actress posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday of herself holding an English translation of Judas, Oz’s final novel.

“It’s been a tough entry into the new year with the loss of the great Amos Oz, whom I love dearly,” Portman wrote. “But in his honor, I’m starting a reading circle, beginning with the last novel he published: JUDAS. Please let me know what you think.”

Judas, which was published in Hebrew in 2014 and English in 2016, is set in 1959 Jerusalem and features a young man who takes a job as a companion to a brilliant old man. The book was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017.

Portman got to know Oz personally after she adapted his 2002 memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness, into a feature film. The film – which was directed by and starred Portman – was shot in Jerusalem and released in 2015.

“My heart is broken,” Portman wrote upon hearing of Oz’s death late last month. “Today we lost a soul, a mind, a heart, Amos Oz, who brought so much beauty, so much love, and a vision of peace to our lives. Please hold him in your hearts and read his gorgeous books. My most loving embrace to his family, who he loved extremely.”

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