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Silence of Heaven


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TRANSLATOR'S NOTE vi PREFACE vii INTRODUCTION ix CHAPTER 1 The Heart, the Dead Space, and the Way Back 1 CHAPTER 2 The Mockery of Fate and the Madness of the Righteous Woman 13 CHAPTER 3 Stolen Waters and Bread Eaten in Secret 31 CHAPTER 4 Fate 61 NOTES 193

About the Author

Amos Oz was born in Jerusalem in 1939 and is a well-known novelist, short-story writer, and essayist. After serving in the Israeli army and graduating from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Oz served as a reservist in the Israeli army in the 1967 Six Day War and again in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Since 1967 he has been actively involved with various peace groups striving for an Israeli-Palestinian peace based on mutual recognition. Oz's works of fiction include "My Michael, Don't Call It Night, Fima," and, most recently, "Panther in the Basement". His works have won him the Prix Femina Etranger, France's top literary award for a foreign novel. He is also the winner of the International Frankfurt Peace Prize, the Israel Prize for Literature, and many other literary awards. Oz's works have been translated into thirty-one languages. He also holds the Agnon Chair for Modern Hebrew Literature at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Amos Oz resides with his family in Arad in the Negev desert in the south of Israel.


"A thought-provoking set of essays... Oz ... perceives Agnon as profoundly, indelibly traumatized by the historical catastrophe of East European Jewry which he foresaw. Oz points that Agnon's male heroes [are] full of guilt, saddled by sins they cannot fathom, reflect the incurable, insoluble pain suffered by Agnon's generation."--Susan Miron, The Philadelphia Inquirer "Amoz Oz has read Agnon closely and has many intelligent observations to make, extrapolating the mysteries of fiction."--David Pryce-Jones, The Spectator "[An] impassioned and closely argued tribute...Oz cherishes Agnon as a radical modernist and teases out dark subtexts, even from his most traditional looking works."--Morris Dickstein, Times Literary Supplement "Amos Oz, a fine Hebrew novelist in his own right, writes well about Agnon. The Silence of Heaven [has] grown out of years of teaching Agnon's works..."--Hillel Halkin, The New Republic

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