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By Amos Oz

Tragic, comedian, and completely sincere, this bestselling and significantly acclaimed new paintings via "one of Israel's such a lot talented and prolific authors" (Helen Epstein, The ahead) is without delay a relations saga and a mystical self-portrait of a author who witnessed the start of a state 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 40's and fifties, in a small house crowded with books in twelve languages and kin conversing approximately as many. the tale of a teen whose existence has been replaced eternally by way of his mother's suicide whilst he used to be twelve years previous. the tale of a guy who leaves the restrictions of his relations and its neighborhood of dreamers, students, and failed businessmen to affix a kibbutz, switch his identify, marry, have youngsters. the tale of a author who turns into an energetic player within the political lifetime of his kingdom.

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Kiddies like you! " He did not say this sadly, but with hatred, with loathing, as though he were cursing us. My parents did not have a clearly defined place on this scale between the pioneers and the tsores-mongers. They had one foot in the affiliated community (they belonged to the Health Fund and paid their dues to the Community Chest) and the other in the air. My father was close in his heart to the ideology of the unaffiliated, the breakaway New Zionist of Jabotinsky, although he was very far from their bombs and rifles.

And I constructed a private, parallel reality: I spread out on the rush mat my own theater of war, my virtual reality, and I moved armies around, executed pincer movements and distractions, captured bridgeheads, outflanked the enemy, resigned myself to tactical withdrawals that I later turned into strategic breakthroughs. I was a child fascinated by history. I attempted to rectify the errors of the commanders of the past. I refought the great Jewish revolt against the Romans, rescued Jerusalem from destruction at the hands of Titus's army, pushed the campaign onto the enemy's ground, brought Bar Kochba's troops to the walls of Rome, took the Coliseum by storm, and planted the Hebrew flag on top of the Capitol.

I pulled the chain gently, because it was wrong to empty the whole Niagara cistern for a pee. There were other functions (that we never named) that could occasionally justify a full flush. But for a pee? A whole Niagara? While pioneers in the Negev were saving the water they had brushed their teeth with to water the plants? While in the detention camps in Cyprus a whole family had to make a single bucket of water last for three days? When I left the toilet, I switched off the light with my left hand and simultaneously switched on the light in the passage with my right hand, because the Shoah was only yesterday, because there were still homeless Jews roaming the Carpathians and the Dolomites, languishing in the deportation camps and on board unseaworthy hulks, as thin as skeletons, dressed in rags, and because there was hardship and deprivation in other parts of the world too, the coolies in China, the cotton pickers in Mississippi, children in Africa, fishermen in Sicily.

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