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A Tale of Love and Darkness

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Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, A Tale of Love and Darkness is at once a family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history.

It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the forties and fifties, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speakin
Paperback, First Harvest Edition, 560 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Harvest / Harcourt (first published 2002)
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°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
Η «Ιστορία αγάπης και σκότους» μπορεί να χαρακτηριστεί ως μία θριαμβευτική μαρτυρία,
ένα λογοτεχνικό μνημείο για τη δημιουργία ενός νέου έθνους που γεννήθηκε μέσα στο αίμα, τράφηκε απο θηριωδίες και κατάφερε να επιβιώσει πέρα απο κάθε προσδοκία.
Παράλληλα καταγράφονται οι δυνάμεις αγάπης και σκότους που μαζί με τη γέννηση του Ισραήλ διαμορφώνουν και το χαρακτήρα ενός νεαρού αγοριού, του ίδιου του συγγραφέα, με τη μορφή ποιητικής ελεγείας ή ζωγραφικής αναπαράστασης με λόγια και λέξεις όλων των χρ
Tea Jovanović
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amos Oz je najveći živi izraelski književnik... Upoznali smo se dok je pisao ovaj autobiografski roman... Bila sam mu urednik... Imala sam zadovoljstvo da se nekoliko puta sretnemo i razgovaramo... Davno sam za RTS obezbedila intervju s njim i to je bilo divno iskustvo... Nažalost nisam uspela da ga dovedem u Srbiju iako mi je to obećao... Ja se još uvek nadam da će se to realizovati jednoga dana... Kao što verujem da će jednoga dana Amos dobiti Nobelovu nagradu za književnost, zaslužio je... A ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
By far, the best book that I've read this year.

It is a long one but worth all the time I spent on it. It is a memoir that begins with Amos Oz (born 1939) birth in Israel and ends with the death of his father. His mother died twenty years earlier than that and in between those two deaths he did not hear from his father anything about his mother; as if his mother did not exist. This novel can be appreciated on three layers: from the macro perspective, it is a tale of Israel as a nation, from the e
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
There are books which, after you've read them, would give you this silent thought either that you could have written them yourself or maybe you could write something like them too someday. Then there are those books which would have the opposite effect, similar to what happened to Virginia Woolf after reading Marcel Proust's "Swann's Way" (the first book of "In Search of Lost Time")--her literary urges were paralyzed ("Well," Woolf wrote a friend, "--what remains to be written after that? I'm on ...more
رانيا محيو الخليلي
"قصة عن الحب والظلام" للكاتب الاسرائيلي عاموس عوز ترجمة جميل غنايم.قرأت"هذه الرواية الأسبوع الفائت وحركت بداخلي الكثير من المشاعر المتناقضة...لماذا متناقضة؟ لأنني أحببت أسلوب الكاتب الروائي وأعجبت بحرفيته من حيث الكتابة والثقافة، ولكنني بالمقابل اشمأزيت من تحريفه التاريخي والسياسي للأحداث.
وسأقوم بتقييم للرواية ضمن ثلاثة محاور:
-البنية الأدبية والروائية.
-التحليل النفسي للكاتب لجهة اعتبار هذه الرواية بمثابة سيرة ذاتية
-الجانب السياسي والتاريخي للرواية.

البنية الروائية: على الرغم من أن الكاتب بالغ في
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kad sam bila srednjoškolka, imala sam zastrašujuće periode potpune mentalne tišine i fizičke osamljenosti, kad sam mesecima sedela u zatvorenim prostorijama i apsolutno ništa nisam radila - jela sam, možda gledala televiziju i spavala oko 17h dnevno. Nedavno sam razmišljala, a čitajući ovu knjigu i zaključila, da, kad bih morala da prepričavam nekome te periode svog života, a trajali su dugo, ne bih znala šta da kažem jer se ničeg više ne sećam sem te tišine. Ipak, postoji nekoliko uporišnih tač ...more
Σωτήρης  Αδαμαρέτσος
Πραγματικό διαμαντάκι. Το βιβλίο μιλά για την ζωή του νεαρού Αμος Οζ όπως αυτή απλώνεται στο λιτό σπίτι του Αριέ και Φανια Κλοζνερ, του πατέρα του και της μητέρας του. Μέσα από μια υπέροχη αφήγηση ο Οζ με χιούμορ και ειρωνική δεικτικοτητα περιγράφει την δημιουργία του έθνους του Ισραήλ παράλληλα με την καθημερινότητα της οικογένειάς του.
Οι πρώτες 300 σελίδες που αφηγείται την ιστορία των παππουδων του στην προπολεμικη Ρωσία, μέχρι την άφιξη τους στην υπό Αγγλική Εντολή Ιουδαία, είναι πραγματικά
Nandakishore Varma
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This is one book which I absolutely loved. It's a coming-of-age tale: of the author - and his country.

I had hopes of writing a detailed review; had underlined so many passages, made copious notes and even made a rough outline. But then, I find that I cannot do it. Some books are like that for me - too complex and rich to be analysed.

Amos Oz narrates the tale of his dysfunctional family; his proud and egoistic father and his disturbed and sensitive mother, and himself as the shy and gifted youngs
mai ahmd
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

قصة الحب والظلام سيرة ذاتية لعاموس عوز الروائي اليهودي الذي رشح لنوبل عام 2009 هذه السيرة تحوي سيرة أصوله اليهودية أجداده وأبويه الذين هاجرا من بولندا وروسيا إلى القدس سيرة طفولته وقصة انتحار ولادته فانيا التي شكلت هاجسا وعبئا في حياته هو ووالده

هذه السيرة تحوي قصة بناء دولة اليهود في فلسطين منذ فترة الإنتداب البريطاني وتأتي هذه القصة متزامنة مع انتحار والدته وكأن هناك حبل ما يشّد القصتين معا

تبدأ الرواية بسيرة يوسف كلاونزر عم عاموس الفيلسوف والمفكر اليهودي وخلال المئة الأولى من الصفحات تعرقلن
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in the Middle East
This memoir recounts the author's life in the formative years of the nation of Israel as well as the years leading up to 1948, as well as the lives of his parents and many relatives from various parts of Europe. It's not only the memoir of a child who grew to become a writer and needs to tell of the terrors and memories of his childhood. It's also a memoir of the young state peopled by so many from all over who had lost everything and were desperately trying to build a permanent Jewish home. No ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"أكلنا تفاحة مسمومة" عاموس عوز قصة عن الحب و الظلام
بهذه العبارة المقتبسة من الرواية ذاتها افتتح مراجعتي,فهي تجسد بشكل كبير إحساسي بعد إتمام قراءتها بجهد لا يضاهيه الا جهد غواص يحاول تحطيم رقم قياسي للغوص,عاموس عوز قدم لنا في روايته هذه تفاحة تقطر سما زعافا قد ينسف كل معتقداتنا و ثقافة نفي لكل ما يأتي من هذا الطحلب العالق بمؤخراتنا ويكبر يوما بعد يوم و إن لم نلفظ هذه التفاحة الملعونة فورا و بمجرد الانتهاء من الرواية فان في خطر زرع نبتة قد تكون ثمارها سرطانا يأكلنا ببطء.
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Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A moving, intense memoir of the life of this prolific Israel author, tells of life in the Land of Israel from the 1930s until the early 1950s. The author manages to juggle humor and sadness, in a book which does bring to life the Israel of that time. It is circular in nature and not chronological and dwells also on life in Europe for Jews before the re-establishment of the Jewish State. The two problems with the book are the amount of detail can become monotonous and boring and that Oz sometimes ...more
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
OK, the book is completed and I am having difficulty choosing between 4 or 5 stars, so I guess I will choose 4. It is best to save 5 stars for those books that you are sure must get 5! Otherwise 5 stars doesn't mean much! There is a lot to think about in this book. That is why I like the book. It seems to me a very Jewish trait to analyze, discuss and argue about everything. I like that. Nevertheless in this family there were some things that were NEVER discussed. Issues that should have been di ...more
Teresa Proença
Amos Oz nasceu em Jerusalém, em 1939, e é uma das principais vozes pela resolução do conflito israelo-palestiniano, sendo dos poucos judeus que reconhece razão aos palestinianos por terem sido expulsos da sua terra.

Uma História de Amor e Trevas é um romance auto-biográfico, mas Amos Oz não o escreveu para contar a sua própria vida, mas a vida da sua família, a história do povo judeu e a do seu país. A heroína do romance é a sua mãe, cujo suicídio quando ele tinha 12 anos, o marcou para toda a vi
João Carlos
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fotograma de Uma História de Amor e Trevas - um filme realizado e interpretado por Natalie Portman

”Que a minha vida se tornaria num poema novo, uma vida pura, recta e simples como um copo de água fria num dia de calor tórrido.”

Incompreensivelmente, só em 2017 é que li um livro do escritor israelita Amos Oz (n. 1939), concretamente, o seu último romance publicado em 2014, o excepcional ”Judas” - 5*.
”Uma História de Amor e Trevas” editado em 2002 é considerado uma obra de não-ficção, uma autobi
Alejandro Teruel
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is a crime to try to rush through this richly textured memoir, you have to slow down, you have to savour it and let its images sink in, you have to see, through the eyes of the alien only child that was Amos Oz, the strange melange of old world jews bickering and conjuring up an extraordinary new, yet ancient country, ripping it out of an existing land, dreams centuries old and a great many nightmares of the first half of the twentieth century. It is excruciatingly and painfully honest, bindi ...more
"Justice without compassion isn't justice; it's an abattoir."

Reading A Tale of Love and Darkness is like watching tiny green shoots pop up from loamy soil. You watch them grow with anticipation, only to see them wither, and then shoot up again to reach new heights. They mature, falter again, and then finally ripen in old age.

In this spellbinding memoir, Amos Oz is one of those little shoots, growing up in the nourishing soil of books, intellectual conversation, and impromptu storytelling. At the
Ivana Books Are Magic
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you read this book and didn't like it, we can't be friends. Usually I'm open minded and tolerant when it comes to literature, mainly because I don't believe there is such a thing as one 'correct' reading but in this case I just have to be hopelessly sentimental and treat this novel as it was an actual person and not just a work of art that can be examined and viewed from different perspectives. It is perfectly normal we all have different tastes and hence experience literary works in our own ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لم أتردد في منحها النجمات الخمس! وحتى في تلك اللحظات المتباينة التي شعرتُ فيها بالحنق الشديد, لم أفكر في سلبها نجمة على الإطلاق..!
فالرجل هنا- وأعني الكاتب والروائي عاموس عوز- يتصرّف بطبيعته الصهيونية الموغلة في القِدم والصارخة أيضاً.. لا مجال لمفاوضة المسألة هنا ألبتة.. بل قطعاً لم أتوقع أن تكون صهيونته بهذا التجلّي الواضح.

ربما استحقتْ تلك المحاولة للمخاتلة -والتي كشفتها سيرته الذاتية على لسان الطفل المستتر خلفه كهلٌ ستينيّ-أن تأخذ النجمات الخمس.. فلست أحبذ تلك البكائيات الزائفة ولا الكليشيهات ا
Joey Diamond
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
God there is some good writing in this. I'm obsessed with everything that's said in this description:

"In Jerusalem people always walked rather like mourners at a funeral, or latecomers at a concert. First they put down the tip of their shoe and tested the ground. Then once they had lowered their foot they were in no hurry to move it; we had waited two thousand years to gain a foothold in Jerusalem, and were unwilling to give it up. If we picked up our foot someone else might come along and snatc
Carolina Paiva
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é muito mais do que aquilo que consegui dizer no vídeo em baixo. Não é um livro que recomende a toda a gente, tem um ritmo lento que se vai revelando aos poucos ao leitor, abre-nos um mundo muito próprio criado há mais de 70 anos nas terras de Israel.

Opinião completa aqui:
تقييم عمل روائي كهذا بالتأكيد مهمة صعبة .. بين روعة الكتابة ومحتوى الرواية سيل من المتناقضات هو ما شعرت به .. حلقت عالياً "غالباً" ولكن السقطة بعد ذلك تكون قوية .. "أحياناً" أود أن أمنحها خمس نجوم وبعد ذلك أرى للنجمة الواحدة (التي تعني أنها لم تعجبني) بريق لا تستحقه الرواية .. أقرر أن أكون حيادية ولكن كيف ذلك والرواية تتكلم عن "خط أحمر" في قناعاتي

يروي لنا "عاموز عوز" في هذه الرواية ذكرياته وتاريخ أسرته من الجانبين قبل الهجرة لفلسطين .. عاصر الكاتب فترة الانتداب البريطاني على فلسطين وإعلان قيام
Gray Side
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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سيرة حب عوز وظلامه كتاب غنيّ بالحياة و الأدب والسياسة والتاريخ والجغرافيا، سيرة تُروى من وجهة نظر صهيوني مخلص لانتمائه لهذا الكيان المستحدث بأرض فلسطين، لذا لن نتفاجأ ببعض الروايات المشذّبة أو المغالطات التي نعرف وجهها الآخر كحقيقة راسخة لن يهزها الشك من قراءة بضعة أسطر في رواية، في النهاية لن نتوقع منه أن يصلي على محمد ﷺ ، من تغلب على قراءته العاطفة عليه أن يكتب رواية مماثلة أو يساهم في التسويق لترجمة خيول نصر الله أو الطنطورية كما يفعل اليهود بكتبهم وأفلامهم.

شتات اليهود يطبع شخصياتهم وعقله

Uma História de Amor e Trevas é um misto de autobiografia e narração histórica. Somos levados a conhecer a história do autor e da sua família ao longo da génese de uma nação, da diáspora à criação do Estado de Israel, maioritariamente pela visão de Oz enquanto criança e adolescente.

Uma obra de contrastes, onde o rigor da factualidade histórica e o desfilar de inúmeras personalidades e situações reais convivem com uma visão pessoal, subjectiva e emocional das pessoas e dos acontecimentos. E Amo
Nelson Zagalo
Ler um livro, “Uma História de Amor e Trevas” (2004), em que o evento principal relata a criação do estado de Israel em 1948, estando de férias na região de Andaluzia, Espanha, pode parecer não ter qualquer relação, no entanto os dois elementos acabaram por servir a intensificação em mim da compreensão do sentimento humano de "rejeição da diferença".

A designação da região espanhola provém do termo árabe Al-Andalus atribuído em 711 aquando da entrada dos muçulmanos na península. A região conheceu
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Teško je uopće zamisliti osjećaj(e) za vrijeme i nakon čitanja ove knjige, a kamoli opisati ih. Ovdje je ocjena ograničena na pet zvjezdica, a ja ne znam postoji li uopće dovoljno zvjezdica na svijetu za ovog čovjeka i ovo remek-djelo. Mjesec dana čitanja, 770 stranica na kojima je opisan (ma, kakva je to uopće riječ - "opisan"; ne znam ja što je on tu činio, ali to nije samo pisanje) život Amosa Oza od najranijih sjećanja do trenutka kad završava knjigu, a to je bilo u proljeće 2001. godine, ka ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αριστούργημα! Η καλύτερη αυτοβιογραφία που έχω διαβάσει. Ο συγγραφέας με εκπληκτική τέχνη αναλύει προσωπικές στιγμές, όπως η αυτοκτονία της μητέρας του, η πρώτη του αγάπη, ο πρώτος έρωτας, η πρώτη σεξουαλική του σχέση. Πως αγάπησε τα βιβλία, ποια τον συγκίνησαν. Οι σχέσεις του με τους γονείς του, τους συγγενείς. Ολα αυτά στο κέντρο των ζυμώσεων για τη δημιουργία του νέου κράτους του Ισραήλ. Καταπληκτική γραφή!
Мартин Касабов
Книгата на Амос Оз е чудовище от 672 стр. Не бих се захванал с толкова обемиста книга, ако нямам стабилни препоръки от приятели с вкус, сходен на моя. Понеже това изискване беше удовлетворено повече от изчерпателно и понеже прекрасната Натали Портман е избрала именно тази история за свой режисьорски дебют, реших, че е крайно време да се запозная с живота на Амос Оз.

Защото "История за любов и мрак", противно на очакванията, се оказа автобиографичен роман. Не знам къде съм блял, но си мислех, че
Fatema Hassan , bahrain
Mar 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
قصة عن الحب والظلام
للروائي الإسرائيلي عاموس عوز
تخطى عقل القارئ العربي مرحلة التسقيط الفكري فما عادت الازدواجية المعيار (البعبع) الذي يثنيه عن نبش الفكر اليهودي المتخندق خلف أسلاك الرأي العام والعالمي الشائكة ، حين لم تعد غازات الاستمالة المخدرة في محاولاتها الحثيثة لتهويد الفكر العالمي وقلب موازين قضية احتلالهم لعروبة فلسطين تُبثُّ في الخفاء ..صار القارئ العربي بحاجة للتوغل العلني بالمقابل ، عين العاطفة ازدادت جسارة و اتزاناً كما عين العقل واستحال التأثير عليها .
في محاولاته لشرعنة احتلاله لتست
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Are you all right, Mother?"

Depression is a terrible thing. It kills individuals. It destroys families. It is bad enough to lose one's mother at the tender age of twelve. To lose one's mother to suicide must be all the more devastating. Not only does it create a lot of unanswerable questions, it leaves behind a lot of guilt. But depression is treatable. If only there was timely and effective intervention, Amos Oz's mother, Fania Mussman, might have survived beyond her short span of thirty eight
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Amos Oz (Hebrew: עמוס עוז; born Amos Klausner) is an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist and intellectual. He is also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. He is regarded as Israel's most famous living author.

Oz's work has been published in 42 languages in 43 countries, and has received many honours and awards, among them the Legion of Honour of France, the Goethe Prize
“There are lots of women who are attracted to tyrannical men. Like moths to a flame. And there are some women who do not need a hero or even a stormy lover but a friend. Just remember that when you grow up. Steer clear of the tryant lovers, and try to locate the ones who are looking for a man as a friend, not because they are feeling empty themselves but because they enjoy making you full too. And remember that friendship between a woman and a man is something much more precious and rare than love: love is actually something quite gross and even clumsy compared to friendship. Friendship includes a measure of sensitivity, attentiveness, generosity, and a finely tuned sense of moderation.” 156 likes
“If you steal from one book you are condemned as a plagiarist, but if you steal from ten books you are considered a scholar, and if you steal from thirty or forty books, a distinguished scholar.” 101 likes
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