Amos Oz: The Israeli author died at the age of 79

"My beloved father died of cancer today," with these words, Fania Oz-Salzberger (58) has announced the death of Israeli writer Amos Oz ("A story of love and darkness"). He was 79 years old. In her tweet she also wrote that her father fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his sweetheart. "I thank everyone who loved him," says the 58-year-old historian.

Awarded and politically active

The award-winning author was born under the name of Amos Klausner in Jerusalem, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. His novels are about life in the kibbutz and the history of Israel. His novel "A Story of Love and Darkness" made him world famous. The book was filmed in 2015 with Oscar winner Natalie Portman (37, "Black Swan") in the lead role.

His other works include "Judas," "My Michael," "The Perfect Peace," or "Another Place." His books have been translated into 36 languages, making him the most translated Israeli author. He was repeatedly considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature, but could never receive the award. He received numerous other awards such as the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (1992), the Goethe Prize of the City of Frankfurt am Main (2005) or the Siegfried Lenz Prize (2014).

Oz was also politically active. He was a member of the peace movement Shalom Achschaw (peace now) and always spoke against the Israeli occupation policy.

Israeli author Amos Oz dies at 79 (May 2021).

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