‘One of the greatest prose writers in contemporary fiction’ The Times
In the last years of British rule in Jerusalem, a lonely, bookish Israeli boy befriends a British soldier in this tale of friendship in the face of enmity.
British soldiers patrol the streets, and bullets and bombs are a nightly occurrence.
Caught up in the fervour and unrest against the occupying forces,12-year old Proffy dreams of being an underground fighter. But some of his dreams are less heroic.
Temptation lurks everywhere for the youth who wants to be a man – and betrayal not far behind.
"Countries need writers as their voices of conscience; few have them. Israel has Oz"
"One of the greatest prose writers in contemporary fiction"
"Amos Oz is a great writer because he tells stories about real people in a way that no one else can"
"He has that mixture of lyrical intensity, utter seriousness and capacity for describing life in a few words which characterises some of the best Russian authors"
"There are times when you are reminded what it means to be in the presence of a genius...with Amos Oz you have to add wisdom and hope too"
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.