AMOS OZ worries that secular sensibilities are on the decline in the State of Israel.
(photo credit: MICHIEL HENDRYCKX)
Amos Oz – born in Jerusalem in 1939 – has produced an astoundingly wondrous body of work that has seduced Israelis and others for decades. Oz was born before Israel was declared a sovereign state. He has fought proudly in two of its wars and has a slight limp from a war injury that neighbors notice on his daily walks, a ritual he partakes in daily before writing.His parents were brilliant people who spoke many languages, but they spoke to Oz, who was born Amos Klausner, only in Hebrew, a language Oz cherishes. At age 14 – two years after his mother’s suicide – Oz left his father’s home for Kibbutz Hulda, changed his name, and began three decades on the kibbutz.
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