By Amos Oz

ISBN-10: 0151008787

ISBN-13: 9780151008780

Tragic, comedian, and completely sincere, this bestselling and significantly acclaimed new paintings via "one of Israel's such a lot talented and prolific authors" (Helen Epstein, The ahead) is right now a relations saga and a paranormal self-portrait of a author who witnessed the beginning of a country 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 condo crowded with books in twelve languages and kinfolk conversing approximately as many. the tale of a youngster whose existence has been replaced endlessly by means of his mother's suicide whilst he used to be twelve years outdated. the tale of a guy who leaves the limitations of his relations and its neighborhood of dreamers, students, and failed businessmen to hitch a kibbutz, switch his identify, marry, have young ones. the tale of a author who turns into an energetic player within the political lifetime of his kingdom.

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And make me into a fighting nation too. That my life too would become a new song, a life as pure and straightforward and simple as a glass of water on a hot day. Over the hills and far away, the city of Tel Aviv was also an exciting place, from which came the newspapers, rumors of theater, opera, ballet, and cabaret, as well as modern art, party politics, echoes of stormy debates, and indistinct snatches of gossip. There were great sportsmen in Tel Aviv. And there was the sea, full of bronzed Jews who could swim.

They said nothing. Everything was overshadowed by the fear of appearing or sounding ridiculous. 2 OSTENSIBLY, IN those days it was the pioneers who occupied the highest rung on the ladder of prestige. But the pioneers lived far from Jerusalem, in the Valleys, in Galilee, and in the wilderness on the shores of the Dead Sea. We admired their rugged, pensive silhouettes, poised between tractor and plowed earth, that were displayed on the posters of the Jewish National Fund. On the next rung below the pioneers stood the "affiliated community," reading the socialist newspaper Davar in their T-shirts on summer verandas, members of the Histadrut, the Hagganah, and the Health Fund, men of khaki and contributors to the voluntary Community Chest fund, eaters of salad with an omelette and yogurt, devotees of self-restraint, responsibility, a solid way of life, homegrown produce, the working class, party discipline, and mild olives from the distinctive Tnuva jar, Blue beneath and blue above, we'll build our land with love, with love!

Moritz, places where godlike men fell in love, fought each other politely, lost, gave up the struggle, wandered off, sat drinking alone late at night at dimly lit bars in hotels on boulevards in rain-swept cities. And lived recklessly. Even in those novels by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky that they were always arguing over, the heroes lived recklessly and died for love. Or for some exalted ideal. Or of consumption and a broken heart. Those suntanned pioneers too, on some hilltop in Galilee, lived recklessly.

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