Amos Oz was born in Jerusalem in 1939 and had ryskjudiska parents. He was a founding member of Peace now movement in Israel in 1978 and has been an advocate of a two-state solution of the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Amos Oz was a resident of Tel Aviv.
Around 20 of his books have been translated into Swedish, including the autobiography ”A tale of love and darkness” (2005) and ”Judas” (2017), which was his last novel. Earlier in the year came essäboken ”Dear fanatic. Three tanks”.
His book ”How to cure a fanatic” has been distributed in 650.000 copies to high school students in Sweden of the order of the teaspoon who he was with and started.
Nathan Shachar, in november, told Amos Oz about his approach to life and the growing extremism in Israel:
" the Pessimism and despair is a waste of time. Instead of tearing your hair out – ask yourself ”What can I do?”. If you see a fire, not escape. Don't write a letter to the editor of the newspaper where you require that the offender be punished. Take a bucket and pour water on the fire! You have no bucket? Take a glass! No glass? Take a teaspoon. Perhaps you are numerous enough to put out the fire.
If life in Israel, he said:
– Our life is no Ingmar Bergman film, where the man wears his evil until it's shortcomings – it is a Fellinifilm, noisy and extrovert.
Amos Oz has often been mentioned in Nobelprisspekulationer.
Read more: Amos Oz acceptance speech after the Path Dagermanpriset in may 2018