By Amos Oz
Tragic, comedian, and completely sincere, this bestselling and seriously acclaimed new paintings by means of "one of Israel's so much proficient and prolific authors" (Helen Epstein, The ahead) is instantly a relations saga and a mystical self-portrait of a author who witnessed the delivery of a kingdom and lived via its turbulent history.
It is the tale of a boy transforming into up within the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40s and fifties, in a small residence crowded with books in twelve languages and kin talking approximately as many. the tale of a teen whose lifestyles has been replaced without end by way of his mother's suicide while he was once twelve years outdated. the tale of a guy who leaves the restrictions of his kin and its neighborhood of dreamers, students, and failed businessmen to hitch a kibbutz, swap his identify, marry, have little ones. the tale of a author who turns into an lively player within the political lifetime of his country.
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A Tale of Love and Darkness Amos Oz Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange A Harvest Book • Harcourt, Inc. ORLANDO AUSTIN NEW YORK SAN DIEGO TORONTO LONDON Copyright © 2003 by Amos Oz and Keter Publishing House Ltd. Translation copyright © 2004 by Nicholas de Lange All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
2. Authors, Israeli—Biography. I. Title. ) Text set in Minion Designed by Cathy Riggs Printed in the United States of America First Harvest edition 2005 A C E G I K J H F D B 1 I WAS BORN and bred in a tiny, low-ceilinged ground-floor apartment. My parents slept on a sofa bed that filled their room almost from wall to wall when it was opened up each evening. Early every morning they used to shut away this bed deep into itself, hide the bedclothes in the chest underneath, turn the mattress over, press it all tight shut, and conceal the whole under a light gray cover, then scatter a few embroidered oriental cushions on top, so that all evidence of their night's sleep disappeared.
Then Aunt Zippora said, in Russian: "That'll do, now. Have you all gone out of your minds? " And so they all changed to Russian. The pioneers lived beyond our horizon, in Galilee, Sharon, and the Valleys. Tough, warmhearted, though of course silent and thoughtful, young men, and strapping, straightforward, self-disciplined young women, who seemed to know and understand everything; they knew you and your shy confusion, yet they would treat you with affection, seriousness, and respect, treat you not like a child but like a man, albeit an undersized one.
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz