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Oz (Under This Blazing Light, LJ 5/1/95), an essayist and best-selling Israeli novelist, has been a leading campaigner in the Peace Now movement. This collection of essays, speeches, and letters from the period 1976-94 reflects his concern about paths to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The book contains a collection of 12 pieces stressing the general themes that the Palestinian demand for statehood is a legitimate one and that peace is essential for Israel's survival. Some of the most provocative pieces include "Integrity," a 1985 speech discussing the role of the writer in modern society, and "Hizbollah in a Skullcap," a February 1994 essay about the lessons to be drawn from the 1994 Hebron massacre. Oz's essays, though often controversial, are well written and powerful; well recommended for popular collections in public and academic libraries.?Mark Weber, Kent State Univ., Lib., Ohio
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Oz (Under This Blazing Light, LJ 5/1/95), an essayist and best-selling Israeli novelist, has been a leading campaigner in the Peace Now movement. This collection of essays, speeches, and letters from the period 1976-94 reflects his concern about paths to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The book contains a collection of 12 pieces stressing the general themes that the Palestinian demand for statehood is a legitimate one and that peace is essential for Israel's survival. Some of the most provocative pieces include "Integrity," a 1985 speech discussing the role of the writer in modern society, and "Hizbollah in a Skullcap," a February 1994 essay about the lessons to be drawn from the 1994 Hebron massacre. Oz's essays, though often controversial, are well written and powerful; well recommended for popular collections in public and academic libraries.?Mark Weber, Kent State Univ., Lib., Ohio (Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest Original/Harcourt Brace & Co; 1st Edition(PB) edition (September 4, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156001926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156001922
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amos Oz was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village Life, a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2001
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These essays should read as dated. They do not. Though Oz' non-fiction tends to be uneven, as this collection is, they are amazingly rewarding reading. He's not only a wordsmith but a passionate writer who defends peace in the Middle East without ever becoming the least bit sentimental about how enemies must go about this. Now, when there is no peace, and none on the horizon, he is still well worth reading and re-reading. He knows whereof he speaks & writes--some of these essays were lectures he's given--and his energy is contagious. Good reading for writers and well as readers. Great reading for peace lovers who are, of necessity, confused during these darkening days.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1998
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Beautifully written essays that illustrate the problems of the Holy Lands frankly and passionately. Oz brings me my first real understanding of both sides of the struggle in Israel. He succeeds with the clarity that has alluded most news teams, and does it in a way that degrades no one. As always Oz's writing, is remarkable.
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The essays deal with different issues, not only the Israel-Palestine conflict. I consider Oz's style a little wordy at times, but he seems quite lucid to me when he addresses the political issues of the conflict. It is a very good book, definitely worth reading, especially in a world that's so full of radical nonsense and victimization theories. Oz says the simple things that should be said every time the Israel-Palestine conflict is being discussed, but seldom are.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2006
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The incredible literary power of Amoz Oz flashes forth from time to time in these essays. So too his admirable effort to understand what he calls the war of 'two rights' the right of the Jews of Israel to a state of their own in their own historical homeland and the right of the Palestinian Arabs to a state in a land where they have long lived.

Oz' intense fairness aims at a balance and reasonableness which will convince both sides to abandon maximum claims and recognize part of the divided land as a state belonging to the other people.

There is also something admirable in the Israeli Oz's effort to take the conflict out of the dimension of mutual accusation and blame.

Nonetheless there are historical facts and a historical reality which Oz slurs over. And that is that the conflict throughout has been characterized by Arab intransigence. And that there have been five historical opportunities for the Palestinian Arabs to accept statehood and compromise- and they have rejected them all.

There is another assymetry which is extremely important. It is in the level of humane relation to the other. The Israelis have on the whole been far more humane and decent than the Arabs have. The unspeakable acts of Terror against civilian populations which since the time of the writing of this book have taken on new and more cruel dimensions, of which suicide bombings against civilan populations is the most prominent, indicate a great between the sides in the value they give to human life and suffering.

Oz in covering up the assymetry ingratiates himself to those who believe a 'studied neutrality' is the right attitude toward the conflict, and the only path to its possible solution. But in taking this position and winning many friends for himself especially among the Europeans he sacrifices something very dear indeed, the truth of the reality in question.
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