Amos Oz: smoke detector of language


With about 26 years retires Amos oz
to an unusual place to write. At this point he has
as kibbutznik no study and can not get by without cigarettes. So
the father of two daughters joins "in the
tiny bath that has about the size of an airplane toilet. "I sat down
me on the folded down toilet lid and put me a tape
Van Gogh reproductions on his knees. "On the art tape he hit his
Copybook. The novel is created in the smallest of spaces My Michael.

Oz related this anecdote in 2008
a foreword, 40 years after the publication of the work. In the Jerusalem playing
Marriage history from the point of view of his protagonist Hannah he wrote then
"convinced to know everything there is to know about women," Oz says
Foreword admitted. In the meantime, he confessed, he would not dare
"to write a whole novel from the point of view of a woman".

Oz closes the plant in April 1967 –
a month before the outbreak of the Six-Day War. The first sentence is:
"I write this down because people I loved died
"When the author hands the manuscript over to a reader of the publisher Am Oved,
he said, regrettably it was "not for sale". But the book
became a bestseller – in Israel and the world.

The genesis of My
also tells a lot about the man Amos Oz: from his
Willingness to compromise, his passion for literature and his determination, even in adverse
Circumstances to focus on his work. Where there is a will, there are too

Poetry instead of pathos

Amos Oz was both a poet and a poet
Thinker, author and activist. He always has his political views
again writing articles, writing essays, lecturing. He
published under the title You shoot and cry Talks with
Israeli soldiers after the Six-Day War, he co-founded the movement
"Peace Now".

The Israeli writer was referring
Position without being taken in by one side. Native he felt
as he once wrote, in "the atmosphere of ambivalence". In one
Conflicting environment, Oz preserved intellectual independence. And
was denounced by opponents from various camps as traitors.

Oz sat down for the
Two-state solution and wrote about in his lectures from the Tübingen
Poetics Lecturer 2002, titled How to cure fanatics
have appeared: "So I have the idea, it tells me my formative
Experience that the conflict between the Israeli Jews and the
Palestinian Arabs do not share the story of 'the good guys' and 'the bad guys'
is. It's a tragedy: a conflict between law and law. "

"Amos Klauser, writer"

Despite the political commitment of the
His novels are neither pleading nor pamphlets for the author. Oz loved the poetry
and avoided the pathos. Literary characters did not serve him as political
Ambassadors, but preserved their contradictions. "Whenever
I think that I agree with myself in every way, then
I do not write a narrative, "he said in a lecture." I write one
Angry article in which I tell my government what it has to do, sometimes
even where they should all go, hell. "

Life and literature flow together in
Oz's great novel A story of love and darkness, The author came on 4.
May 1939 in Jerusalem as Amos Klausner to the world. Already at the age of five
he writes on an index card he shares with his father's desk
has taken: "Amos Klausner, writer". When he is twelve years old,
his mother commits suicide. Two years later, Amos moves to 1986 in the
kibbutz Hulda in northern Israel and begins to write. Some of his novels
play in a kibbutz, about A different place or The perfect peace,
During the kibbutz, he also changes his last name to Oz – that
Hebrew word for "power".

Amos Oz was a world literary man, too
insistently on the difficult relationship between Israel and Germany
wrote. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
Oz wrote the essay in April 2005 Israel and Germany, One in the best
Meaningful reading, which is also much of Oz's personal story