The Hill of Evil Counsel is a fusion of history and imaginative narrative, re-creating the twilight world of Jerusalem during the fading days of the British Mandate. In these three closely linked stories, Oz vividly evokes the stifling atmosphere of impending crisis as real personalities rub shoulders with fictional characters whose hopes and fears are hauntingly portrayed.
Oz evokes Israeli life with the same sly precision with which Chekhov evoked pre-Revolutionary Russian life
A marvellous ability to transport the reader into a new set of ideas, feelings and fears... The whole book is masterly
A peerless imaginative chronicler of his country's inner and outer transformations
An exquisite thinker, Oz is a rare blast of sanity and intelligence
Amos Oz was one of Israel’s greatest authors – a novelist, essayist, political activist, intellectual and soldier. From Judas, picked by Natalie Portman for her inaugural book circle which she started in the wake of his recent death, to My Michael, his breakthrough novel, we’ve picked five of Oz's books to introduce you to this great writer.