Israeli novelist Amos Oz dies aged 79


The author of books including Black Box, A Tale of Love and Darkness and In the Land of Israel, has died from cancer.

The esteemed Israeli novelist Amos Oz has died at the age of 79, from cancer.

The author of 19 works of fiction, hundreds of essays and articles about modern Israel and a longtime candidate for the Nobel prize for literature, Oz was best known for novels including Black Box, In the Land of Israel and A Tale of Love and Darkness. Much of his work, both fiction and non-fiction, explored kibbutz life and picked apart his characters’ often complex relationships with Israel – reflective of his own.

“My beloved father passed away from cancer, just now, after a rapid deterioration, when he was sleeping at peace, surrounded by the people who love him,” wrote his daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger, while announcing his death on Twitter on Friday. “To those who love him, thank you.”



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