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  • December 31, 2018

    Amos Oz's fiction is forever, while reality left his politics behind

    Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)

    The young nation of Israel has, in recent years, witnessed a dwindling of its founding generation—from the passing of statesmen, like Shimon Peres, to the death last week of novelist and political activist Amos Oz. Oz was 79; Israel is but 70. Oz was old enough to witness Israel’s fight for its independence, and now his death turns the page on yet another chapter of its improbable resurrection — with an old language that became new again.

    Oz had a lot to do with that. He imbued Hebrew with a literary style and gave it a novelistic voice, finding new ways to maneuver the aleph and bet so that a once purely liturgical language suddenly possessed a richly lyrical descriptive power.

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