Praise for Amos Ozs A Tale of Love and Darkness: "Both in his fiction and his essays, Oz has proven himself one of our essential writers, laying out for our observation, in ever-increasing breadth and profundity, the mad landscape of our time and his placealways enlarging the scope of his questions while avoiding the temptation of dogmatic answers."Alberto Manguel, Washington Post Book World "A charmingly funny booknot just humorous but sometimes downright hilarious. The essence of it is that the natural condition of the Jewish peopleand the source of their resilienceis being in argument with the world, with one another and, to be sure, with God himself. But you cannot get the taste of this book, let alone its essence, without reading it."Martin Peretz, Wall Street Journal "A thought-provoking essay on language, literature and the eternal question of Jewish identity. . . . Jews and Words is filled with fascinating anecdotes and details. . . . A stimulating meditation on what it means to be a Jew and what it means to be a reader."Wall Street Journal "Playfully instructive. . . . Will appeal to lay readers interested in a nonreligious Judaism based on contemporary readings of traditional and more modern Jewish texts."Publishers Weekly "In [Jews and Words] . . . boisterous excitement over words and ideas generates a little paradise beyond politics. It opens up a garden of play and joy, of dispute without hate and passions without victims."Independent "[A] provocative, playful, speculative journey through the rich, centuries-old heritage of Jewish literature."Natasha Lahrer, Jewish Chronicle "Jews and words is a thought-provoking essay on language, literature and the eternal question of Jewish identity. . . . Filled with fascinating anecdotes and details, not least the etymologies of various words dating back to ancient Hebrew. . . . A stimulating meditation on what it means to be a Jew and what it means to be a reader."Toby Lichtig, The Wall Street Journal Europe "[An] exhilarating essay." Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman "In this provocative, playful, speculative journey through the rich, centuries-old heritage of Jewish literature, father and daughter Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger propose a 'textline' rather than a bloodline a notion of Jewish lineage that is etched not in blood but in words."Jewish Chronicle "Jews and Words is a conversation between two people who love each other, informed by a wonderful sense of humor and a passionate yet measured analysis of language, people, and literature. Honesty shines through every paragraph of this terrific work."Yehuda Bauer Praise for Fania Oz-Salzbergers Israelis in Berlin: "An exciting, deeply moving, masterly book. It combines a wealth of knowledge with great emotional power."Zeruya Shalev "Ingenious and thrilling, Jews and Words manages to cram more than 5,000 years of prayers, songs, stories, arguments, praises, curses and jokes into the suitcase of a thin, page-turning work of . . . what? History? Anthropology? Literary criticism? Theology? All of these and more. It's a wonderful book."Jonathan Safran Foer "Jews and Words is thrilling and entertaining, challenging clichs and stereotypes at every page. Its tone is half serious and half humorous, mixing a mastery of its subject with an informal touch. It promises to be very controversial and widely read."Mario Vargas Llosa "Absolument passionnant."Bernard-Henri Lvy
Amos Oz is the internationally renowned author of more than twenty works of fiction and numerous essays on politics, literature, and peace. He is also professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva. Fania Oz-Salzberger is a writer and history professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa.