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By Amos Oz

Tragic, comedian, and totally sincere, this bestselling and severely acclaimed new paintings via "one of Israel's so much proficient and prolific authors" (Helen Epstein, The ahead) is instantaneously a family members saga and a paranormal self-portrait of a author who witnessed the beginning of a country and lived via its turbulent history.

It is the tale of a boy turning out to be up within the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40s and fifties, in a small condo crowded with books in twelve languages and family talking approximately as many. the tale of a teen whose lifestyles has been replaced without end via his mother's suicide while he used to be twelve years previous. the tale of a guy who leaves the limitations of his family members and its group of dreamers, students, and failed businessmen to hitch a kibbutz, swap his identify, marry, have youngsters. the tale of a author who turns into an lively player within the political lifetime of his kingdom.

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All this was straight out of Chekhov—and also gave me a feeling of provinciality: that there are places in the world where real life is still happening, far away from here, in a pre-Hitler Europe, where hundreds of lights are lit every evening, ladies and gentlemen gather to drink coffee with cream in oak-paneled rooms, or sit comfortably in splendid coffeehouses under gilt chandeliers, stroll arm in arm to the opera or the ballet, observe from close up the lives of great artists, passionate love affairs, broken hearts, the painter's girlfriend falling in love with his best friend the composer, and going out at midnight bareheaded in the rain to stand alone on the ancient bridge whose reflection trembles in the river.

He was an ethical man, and he knew that bread takes precedence over books and that the good of the child takes precedence over everything. I remember his hunched back as he walked through the doorway, on his way to Mr. Meyer's secondhand bookshop with two or three beloved tomes under his arm, looking as though it cut him to the quick. So must Abraham's back have been bowed as he set off early in the morning from his tent with Isaac on his shoulder, on their way to Mount Moriah. I could imagine his sorrow.

Our neighborhood Tolstoyans (whom my parents referred to as Tolstoyshchiks) were without exception devout vegetarians, world reformers with strong feelings for nature, seekers after the moral life, lovers of humankind, lovers of every single living creature, with a perpetual yearning for the rural life, for simple agricultural labor among fields and orchards. But they were not successful even in cultivating their own potted plants: perhaps they killed them by overwatering, or perhaps they forgot to water them, or else it was the fault of the nasty British administration that put chlorine in our water.

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