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AMOS OZ was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction as well as 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 M diterran e tranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Winner, 2013 Franz Kafka Prize

"[An] intricately interwoven skein of eight new stories. . . "Between Friends" richly satisfies. . . One savors these moody miniatures of the kibbutz past (gracefully translated by Sondra Silverston) for their jazzlike variations; each elegantly underscores the uncertain fates awaiting both the lonely individual and the community."--Forward

"Oz traces the emotional terrain of kibbutz life in this. . . gorgeous, rueful collection of eight linked stories about life in fictional Kibbutz Yekhat. . . Written in deliberately unadorned prose (beautifully translated by Sondra Silverston), [Between Friends] lays bare the deepest human longings."
--Chicago Tribune

"The mind is a place Oz explores masterfully in all its contradiction, texture and heartache. Between Friends paints the daily lives behind utopian dreams, fully realized."
--New York Daily News

"[A] deeply affecting chamber piece [that] draws on...the contradictory urges that lie at the heart of Israel's psyche."
--Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph (UK)

"Oz lifts the veil on kibbutz existence without palaver. His pin-point descriptions are pared to perfection... His people twitch with life."
--Scotsman (UK)

"Lucid and heartbreaking... Oz explores the always uncertain relationships between men and women, parents and children, friends and enemies, in a clear, clipped language perfectly suited to the laconic tone of the narrative and impeccably rendered into English by Sondra Silverston"
--Alberto Manguel, Guardian (UK)

"A collection of stories....that boasts the sense, scope and unity of a novel...Breathtaking."
--Irish Examiner (Ireland)

"A complex and melancholic vision of people struggling to transcend their individuality for the sake of mundanely idealistic goals."
--Times Literary Supplement (UK)

"All Israeli life is here, rendered in loving detail."
--Mail on Sunday (UK)

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